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Uganda wins in Africa Cup first time in 41 years

Uganda beat Congo; Burundi and Madagascar make debut in Saturday matches

Muhammed Enes Çallı   | 23.06.2019
Uganda wins in Africa Cup first time in 41 years Celebrations held ahead of the opening football match of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Group A match between Egypt and Zimbabwe at the Cairo International Stadium in Cairo, Egypt on June 21, 2019. ( Fared Kotb - Anadolu Agency )

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Uganda beat Congo for a historic win, as Burundi and Madagascar made their debuts in the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday. 

Uganda shocked Democratic Republic of Congo with a 2-0 score in Group A match at the Cairo International Stadium, marking their first Africa Cup of Nations victory in 41 years.

Patrick Kaddu scored with a header, giving Uganda the lead in the 14th minute of the game. 

The-26-year old striker Emmanuel Okwi's header goal doubled the lead just three minutes after the half-time and brought the historic victory to his nation 2-0.  

Uganda is now a leader of the Group A, ahead of host country Egypt -- which beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in the opening match on Friday -- on goal difference. 

Nigeria beat Burundi in Group B 

2013 champions Nigeria started the tournament in a winning fashion, beating Burundi 1-0 in Group B match.  

Odion Ighalo scored the winning goal for Nigeria in the 77th minute of the match at Alexandria Stadium. 

Burundi have made their debut at the Africa Cup of Nations with this game, while Nigeria have won the tournament three times before.  

Madagascar drew with Guinea in Group B 

In the second game of the Group B, Madagascar -- in its first game of tournament history -- drew with Guinea 2-2.  

Sory Keba scored the goal in the 34th minute of the game, giving Guinea the lead.  

At the start of the second half, Madagascar came back to take the lead with Anicet Abel’s (49) and Carolus Andriamatsinoro’s (55) goals. 

Guinea tied the game with Francois Kamano’s penalty 11 minutes after Andriamatsinoro’s goal.  

No team was able to break the deadlock in the remaining minutes.  

Nigeria will face Guinea on Wednesday, while Madagascar will play against Burundi on Thursday for the second matches in Group B.

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