CAIRO – Knowledge Musona’s incredible open-goal miss proved costly as a wasteful Zimbabwe were held to a 1-1 draw by Uganda at the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday.
Emmanuel Okwi pounced on a rebound to nudge Uganda ahead on 12 minutes in Cairo, but Khama Billiat levelled for Zimbabwe with a glancing finish shortly before halftime.
Uganda edged closer towards qualification for the last-16 after moving on to four points in Group A, leaving Zimbabwe needing to beat the Democratic Republic of Congo in their final game to stand a chance of squeezing through.
Hosts and record seven-time champions Egypt can secure a spot in the knockout rounds later with victory over DR Congo in the second game of the double-header.
After winning a Cup of Nations match for the first time in 41 years with Saturday’s 2-0 defeat of DR Congo, Uganda jumped out to a dream start when Okwi bundled home, after Abdu Lumala’s low drive was parried by Zimbabwe goalkeeper George Chigova.