Group A is going to be tense. DR Congo and Uganda square off in the first kick off on Saturday.
Democratic Republic of Congo captain and Celtic midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu has come out firing ahead of their opening Africa Cup of Nations match. He believes his country can win the competition.
“Provided we can fix a few things, there is no reason why this team cannot go all the way,” he said ahead of a Cairo clash with Uganda.
“We reached the semi-finals and the quarter-finals in the last two editions and I believe the team is better now under our great coach Florent (Ibenge).”
A tight contest is set to unfold between DR Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe for second place, and a guaranteed last-16 slot.
Uganda coach Sebastien Desabre is less boastful than Mulumbu, saying:
“We aim to achieve decent results, especially in our first match against the Congolese.”
In their final warm-up match before the tournament, Uganda got a morale boost by edging twice African champions the Ivory Coast 1-0 in Abu Dhabi with Farouk Miya converting a 34th-minute penalty.