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Uganda upset DR Congo 2-0 for rare Cup of Nations triumph

Uganda upset DR Congo 2-0 for rare Cup of Nations triumph
Soccer Football - Africa Cup of Nations 2019 - Group A - DR Congo v Uganda - Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt - June 22, 2019 DR Congo's Chancel Mbemba heads the ball REUTERS/Suhaib Salem -
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CAIRO (Reuters) – Uganda won at the Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time in more than 40 years as they upset the Democratic Republic of Congo 2-0 in their opening Group A match at the Cairo International Stadium on Saturday.

Both goals came from set-pieces as Patrick Kaddu headed home a 14th-minute corner and then Emmanuel Okwi got a touch onto a free kick just after halftime.

Uganda last won at the finals in 1978 when they beat Nigeria in the semi-finals and finished runners-up to hosts Ghana.

Saturday’s surprise win served notice of the potential of a team not given much chance of progressing past the first round.

(Reporting by Mark Gleeson; editing by Tony Lawrence)

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