January 14, (THEWILL) – In a highly contested match at the 19 May 1956 Stadium in Annaba on Saturday, two-time TotalEnergies CHAN winners, DR Congo, were held to a goalless draw by their neighbors, Uganda, in front of thousands of Algerian fans, who came out to watch the action.
The game was filled with action and both teams had a couple of chances in front of goal, but were ultimately wasteful on several occasions and unlucky on others. Adam Bossu Nzali had the game’s first real chance at goal with a well-taken freekick in the 10th minute, but it went straight into Ugandan goalkeeper, Nafian Alionzi’s hands.
The midfield had a busy outing on the night, with both teams trying to control the tempo of the game, which also turned out to be physical. The Congolese had the most ball possession at 53%. In the second half, Uganda came close to finding the back of the net but Gift Fred’s header hit the post and was cleared by the Congolese defense.
Both coaches, Otis Ngoma and Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic, made necessary changes, but their efforts did not alter the result of the game. With this draw, DR Congo and Uganda now sit joint top of Group B ahead of the Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal fixture at the same venue.
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