DR Congo leading Uganda Cranes at the break

Uganda Cranes skipper Emmanuel Okwi during Thursday's training session /Uganda Cranes image

AFCON 2023 Q DR Congo leading Uganda Cranes at the break

Fred Mwambu 17:04 - 14.06.2023

Theo Bongoda converted from the spot as Sebastian Desabre’s DR Congo lead Uganda by 1-0 in a friendly build-up match played at the Japoma Stadium in Douala, Cameroon.

The Leopards looked the better side from the first half and could have gone ahead after 12 minutes but Aaron Tshibola saw his brushed header off Bongoda’s header skew wide.

Abada Akolo got another close chance 10 minutes later, pouncing on a rebound but saw his effort rattle the upright with Salim Jamal well-beaten.

Congo’s plan to use the wings finally paid off a minute later.

Tshibola got at the end of a quick move on the right, and set up Bongoda for a beautiful rabona but Halid Lwaliwa slid through to block.

The centre referee adjudged the defender to have handled the ball and awarded a penalty which Bongoda took charge.

The midfielder, who plays for Cadiz in the Spanish topflight, expertly sent Jamal the wrong way for the lone goal in the opening half.

Both teams are using this game to prepare for Sunday's upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Uganda faces Algeria while DR Congo plays away to Gabon

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