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Uganda Beats DR Congo for 1st AFCON Win Since 1978

DR Congo 0-2 Uganda Cranes

Uganda produced an early Africa Cup of Nations shock as they beat the Democratic Republic of Congo 2-0 in Cairo on Saturday, their first victory in the tournament since 1978.

The Cranes managed just a solitary point in 2017, their only other tournament appearance since the 1970s, but against DR Congo they looked a force to be reckoned with and deservedly ran out comfortable winners.

Despite having the more established talents, DR Congo was second best throughout the first half, going behind early on to the dangerous Patrick Kaddu who headed in a Farouk Miya corner and then having the frame of the goal come to their rescue just before the break.

Emmanuel Okwi made it 2-0 just after the restart and again Miya had an assist off a free kick and from there the Leopards never looked like clawing their way back, while the Cranes soar to the top of Group A, ahead of Egypt on goal difference.

Uganda Cranes now counts three points atop group A with a goal ahead of second-placed Egypt while Zimbabwe and DR Congo are third and fourth respectively.

Next for the Cranes is Zimbabwe on Wednesday 26th June as Egypt will be taking on Congo.

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