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Wasteful Zimbabwe Warriors on Wednesday drew 1-1 with The Cranes of Uganda in their second Group A match of the Africa Cup of Nations played at Cairo International Stadium, Egypt.

Khama Billiat (AP)
Khama Billiat (AP)

Emmanuel Okwi of Uganda scored in the 12th minute following a defensive error by prolific player Devine Lunga. In the 22nd minute, off-form captain Knowledge Musona shot over the bar with the Ugandan goalkeeper already a beaten man.

The Warriors equalized following a brilliant display by the Zimbabwe Warriors on the far-left side of the field as Musona chest-pasted the ball for Ovidy Karuru, who beat his marker with a tricky ball that went into the defender’s legs before Billiat made a deft tap into the net.

Fighting for the ball ... (AP)
Fighting for the ball ... (AP)

Musona missed once again, with a stinger, in the last minutes of the game as the tactful Ugandans played with the ball to settle for a draw.

Zimbabwe Warriors are currently third on the Group A table led by Egypt with six points. The Pharoahs beat DR Congo Wednesday to amass six points from two games played so far. Uganda are second with four points and DR Congo are at the bottom of the log. The Warriors have one point from two games after falling to the Pharoahs in their first game.

Zimbabwe play against DR Congo in the next game.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s central bank has reassured gold companies and people receiving money transfers that they will still be able to receive foreign currency in their bank accounts after a ban takes effect in shops.

On Monday, Zimbabwe declared its interim RTGS dollar the only legal tender, ending the decade-long use of multiple currencies including the U.S. dollar.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the move was an important step to repair the economy, but it caused uncertainty among businesses and people who rely on remittances from the large Zimbabwean diaspora.

“Authorised dealers are advised the current payment arrangements for large-scale gold producers shall continue to apply and the current retention thresholds have remained the same,” a central bank notice sent late on Tuesday said.

Gold producers operating in Zimbabwe keep 55% of their sales proceeds in foreign currency, with the remainder being surrendered to the central bank. After Monday’s currency reform, half of the balance kept by the central bank will now be sold on the interbank forex market.

Gold miners and other exporters will keep their foreign currency accounts, from which they can make international payments. For local payments, they have to liquidate their forex at the interbank market rate.

Individuals can still receive remittances in their foreign currency accounts, the central bank said.

Reporting by Nelson Banya; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle

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