Uganda stuns DR Congo in AFCON 2019 to top Group A

Uganda's forward Patrick Kaddu (3rd-L) celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between DR Congo and Uganda at Cairo International Stadium on June 22, 2019. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP) (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
Ugandan players celebrate after Uganda’s forward Emmanuel Okwi scored during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between DR Congo and Uganda at Cairo International Stadium on June 22, 2019. (Photo credit JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

Uganda beat two-time champions the Democratic Republic of Congo 2-0 at the Cairo International Stadium in Cairo in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group A opener on Saturday.

Goals in either half from Patrick Kaddu and Emmanuel Okwi gifted the Uganda Cranes all three points to move them top of Group A, ahead of Egypt, on goal difference, after the hosts beat Zimbabwe 1-0 on Friday.

Despite the DR Congo having greater possession throughout the game, Uganda made their chances count with some fine finishing.

Patrick Kaddu broke free to glance in Farouk Miya’s corner after 14 minutes as the Cranes went into halftime ahead.

Emmanuel Okwi looped in a header, again from another Farouk Miya delivery, three minutes into the second half to double Uganda’s advantage.

Uganda continued to threaten thereafter but was unable to add to its lead.

Uganda next plays Zimbabwe on Wednesday at the Cairo International Stadium while the DR Congo play hosts Egypt later on at the same venue.