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Football: Sudan start AFCON preparations under new coach Burhan Tia

Football: Sudan start AFCON preparations under new coach Burhan Tia

The Sudan national team on Tuesday kick started preparations ahead of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021.

New care-taker coach Burhan Tia took charge of the team in Khartoum on Tuesday.

The 33rd edition of the AFCON that will feature 24 teams will take place January 9th to February 6th in Cameroon.

The experienced Tia who has handled Sudan Premier League teams for over 20 years was appointed on Sunday after French Hubert Velud was dismissed following Sudan's poor show at the on-going FIFA Arab Cup 2021 in Qatar

“We have very little time left and must work hard to make sure the team is in good shape ahead of the AFCON. We have decided to mix the team with experience and some young players,” said Tia.

The new coach included 18 new players on the 36-man provisional squad. Sudan who last featured at the AFCON in 2012 are this time grouped alongside Nigeria, Egypt and Guinea Bissau.

To qualify for the AFCON the falcons of Jediane finished second behind Ghana with 12 points in Group C which also had South Africa and São Tomé and Príncipe.

Sudan and Ethiopia are the only two teams from the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) zone that qualified for the AFCON 2021.

Sudan will start their campaign against Guinea-Bissau on January 11, before facing Nigeria on January 15, and concluding its group matches against neighboring Egypt on January 19.

Sudan’s provisional Squad:

Goalkeepers: Ali Abdalla Ashreen, Ishag Adam (Al Hilal), Akram Alhadi (Al Merriekh), Ahmed Alfatih (Al Ahli Merwi)

Defenders: Salahalden Nimir, Mustafa Mohamed (Al Merriekh), Mazin Mohamdin (Touti), Mohamed Kesra (Hay Al Arab Port Sudan), Athar Altahir (Smouha, Egypt), Amar Kano (Hay Alwady Nyala), Mutwakil Adam, Ali Mohamed ( Hilal Port Sudan), Alsadig Musa (Alshorta Algadarif), Amgad Esmaeal (Ahli Shendi), Muayad Abdin (Alamal Atbara).

Midfieders: Mohamed Alrashed, Dyaa Mahgoub, Emad Alsing ( Al  Merriekh), Alshaikh Mohamed (Khartoum Watani), Waliadeen Khider, Abdarazig Yagoub, Gumaa Abas ( Al Hilal), Sherif Omer (Hilal Afashir), Mohamed Almonzir (Hilal Al Obied) Mugtaba Almardi, Mohamed Alhag (Al Ahli Shendi), Mohamed Ahmed Bashir, Suliman Hamid (Alamal Atbara), Awad Zayed ( Al Ahli Khartoum)

Strikers: Mohamed Abdulrahman ( Al Hilal), Algozoli Hussain, Mohammed Aballa (Al Merriekh), Mustafa Ahmed (Al Ahli Shendi), Mohamed Hasoun (Hay Alwadi Nyala), Suliman Zakrya (Alamal Atbara), Musab Ahmed (Al Hilal Obeid)

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