Sudan on Sunday put up an amazing fight against South Africa beating them 2-0 which now puts them in the spot for the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations since 2012.
The two goals came in the first-half with Saifeldin Maki and Mohammed Abdelrahman giving Sudan an edge over South Africa, which made it difficult for their opponents to bounce back.
South Africa had hoped for a draw and knew it would be enough for them to qualify for the finals but everything took a sudden twist during the game at the Al-Hilal Stadium in Omdurman when Sudan rose to the occasion with two goals in the first half.
Sudan came into the game all fired up and showed real purpose and motivation during the match which gave them an advantage over their rivals according to BBC.
It was after 14 minutes that Maki’s goal gave his team the courage they needed to push back, and they did so without fear as they attacked furiously the South Africans.
The second goal came half an hour into the game, and it was due to Abdelrahman efforts that the team saw they were more than ready to take the victory home. The star was able to push past the last man and the goalkeeper to put one at the back of the net.
It is the first time Sudan has qualified for an African Cup of Nations finals since 2012 – and only the third time since 1976 for the country that won the trophy in 1970.
It is the first time Sudan has qualified for an African Cup of Nations finals since 2012
South Africa, however, will return to the drawing board in the wake of yet another disappointing campaign for the 1995 champions. Meanwhile, Ghana beat bottom side Sao Tome and Principe 3-1 to mark its place in the qualifiers.
Nicholas Opoku, Jordan Ayew and Baba Rahman put the Black Stars into a commanding position before a late Fernandez Carvalho consolation for Sao Tome.
Earlier on Sunday, Group J concluded with an exciting game in Tunis in which a 4th-minute Jaziri goal and an Akapo own goal helped Tunisia to a 2-1 win over Equatorial Guinea.
Aside from Ghana and Tunisia’s win, Tanzania was able to beat Libya 1-0 giving it a chance to move up the ladder after a good effort from Simon Msuva.
Things didn’t look good for Group A teams like Chad, which had already been disqualified but the same can’t be said for Namibia who beat group winners Guinea 2-1 thanks to two goals from captain Peter Shalulile. Mamadou Kane scored Guinea’s goal.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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