The Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda will go toe to toe in their opener in African Nations Cup Group A clash on Saturday as both defensive teams vie for three points in Cairo.

A win for either side could help their chances of making it of the group alongside hosts Egypt, who enjoyed a winning start on Friday.

What is the kickoff time for the match?

The match will start at exactly 14:30GMT

Recent form in all competitions:

DR Congo: W(1), D(2)

Uganda: W(1), D(2)

Team news: Who is available, injured or suspended for DR Congo v Uganda?

Cedric Bakambu, despite missing a penalty in DR Congo’s final AFCON warm-up match against Kenya, is expected to lead the attack, He will receive support from the talented trio of Tresor Mputu, Yannick Bolasie and M’Poku.

West Ham ace Musuaku should start at left-back after excelling in the two warm-up games.

Uganda head coach Sebastien Desabre has no injury issues here.  He could opt for a 4-4-2 formation with Farouk Miya being the main man up front. The 21-year-old has 22 goals in 59 appearances for the Cranes.

His team’s strength, however, is in defence. They conceded just three goals in qualifying. Uganda goalkeeper Denis Onyango kept five cleans sheets in the six games he played in qualifying.

What is the head to head record?

There have been just three previous matches involving DR. Congo and Uganda with the Ugandans leading the head to head by two wins to one. Two meetings in that run have produced less than three goals.

Potential Starting XI:


Matampi, Masuaku, Tisserand, Luyindama, Mpeko, Mulumbu, Mbemba, Bolaise, Mabi, M’Poku, Bakambu


Onyango, Juuko, Aucho, Mugabi, Wasswa, Azira, Walusimbi, Okwi, Kaddu, Miya, Abdu.

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