Uganda will take on Zimbabwe in AFCON 2019 today.
After their maiden 2-0 win against DR Congo, Uganda is set to clash with Zimbabwe in the second game of group A at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.
Group A leaders will be looking to illustrate their newfound staying power when they take on the Warriors today at 20:00 hours.
A win today for Cranes win to secure their qualification to the knockout stages.
Uganda’s recent form certainly represents a turnaround from the winless run they endured prior to their friendly win over Ivory Coast earlier this month, three draws and a loss with two of those games ending goalless.
Appropriately Zimbabwe’s first match at these finals also yielded a 1-0 half time loss to Egypt, meaning the last three competitive outings to see them concede first have now resulted in a 1-0 loss.
Zimbabwe has now conceded first in each of their last four AFCON matches at the finals, yielding a paltry return of one draw and three losses from the quartet.
Two of the three defeats in that sequence saw the Warriors lose the first half by at least a two-goal margin.
Farouk Miya laid on both goals in Uganda’s opening win, meaning he’s now scored or assisted in four of the team‘s last five wins (4 goals, 2 assists) – each of those five wins were ‘no nil’.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe target- man Knowledge Musona was unable to breach the Egypt rearguard in his AFCON opener but has prior experience of turning up on big occasions.
The Warriors boast the all-time head to head advantage with five wins, eight draws and only two losses.
However, across four matches held in the 2010s, only one of the combined eight first half saw both teams score.
On three of those occasions, the half time scoreline matched the final result.
By John Dalton Kigozi