Saturday 22 Jun
Updated Saturday 22 Jun 18:39
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Masuaku and DR Congo beaten in AFCON opener

Arthur Masuaku

 

Arthur Masuaku played the full 90 minutes for DR Congo in Saturday's Africa Cup Of Nations clash with Uganda, losing the contest 2-0. 

In the second match of the competition, after Egypt's opening win on Friday, goals from Uganda's Patrick Kaddu and Emmanuel Okwi in either half inflicted the defeat on the two-time AFCON champions. 

Kaddu opened the scoring for the Cranes on 14 minutes, heading in from a corner after a well-timed run to the near post, while Okwi doubled the tally just after half-time with a glancing header of his own. 

Substitute Jonathan Bolingi has the best chance for Congo, as his header clipped the cross-bar. 

The result leaves Masuaku and DR Congo bottom of Group A after one match, but with all to play for in the remaining two games. 

The West Ham United left-back and his national team colleagues return to action on Wednesday against Egypt.