Uganda produced a superb performance this evening at the TOTAL Africa Cup Of Nations 2019 to beat DR Congo 0-2 to take them to the summit of group A ahead of hosts Egypt who beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in the opening match yesterday.
The Cranes who are making a back to back appearance at the AFCON surprised Congo with their fast-paced play and hunger for the ball that disorganized the Congolese, as soon as the East African side took the lead on 15 minutes courtesy of a beautiful header from Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA0 striker Patrick Henry Kaddu.
Kaddu took advantage of the messed up Congolese defense to sneak in and brush a well taken corner kick from the industrious Farouk Miya past the startled keeper only after quarter an hour to set the tone for the rest of the match at the Cairo International Stadium .
Kaddu’s Strike partner Emmanuel Arnold Okwi then doubled the lead on 49 minutes with an exquisite glancing header from a free-kick yet again from Farouk Miya that left the central Africans with a mountain to climb, while Uganda still continued to press as they created more chances from corner kicks and excellent wing play by new man Lumala Abdul.
Kaddu had two great opportunities to add to his tally with first-half headers in Cairo, while team-mate Khalid Aucho saw a powerful long-range effort saved by DR Congo’s Ley Matampi.
The Congolese team boasting big name players from Europe like West Ham’s Arthur Masuaku and Everton’s Yannick Bolasie had their best chance wasted by Antwarps striker Jonathan Bolingi whose header struck the cross bar.
Uganda Cranes coach replaced Lumala, Kaddu and Miya for Allan Kyambadde, Isaac Muleme and Timothy Denis Awany respectively to see off the remaining minutes following the 3 changes made by his Congolese counterpart as Okwi was named man of the match
Uganda now joins Egypt on 3 points but top the group on goal difference after the first round of games for the group and will next face Zimbabwe on while DR Congo will also take on Egypt later that day.
Uganda Cranes XI:
Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town), Godfrey Walusimbi (Un-attached), Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Un attached), Mike Azira (Montreal Impact, Canada), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Abdul Lumala (Syrianska, Sweden)