It was all celebration last evening when Sudan beat South Africa 2-0 to qualify for the 2021 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Saif Eldin Terry and Mohamed Abdelrahman scored in the Group C match played at the Al Hilal Stadium in Omdurman, Khartoum on Sunday.
Victory sent Sudan to second place with 12 points, one below Ghana who stopped Sao Tome & Principe 3-1. It is also the first time Sudan qualify for the AFCON since 2012. They previously played in the competition in 1976 and 1970 when they lifted the trophy.
“I am glad that we have worked so hard as a team to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. We need to keep working hard so that we perform well at the tournament in Cameroon,” said one of the goal scorer’s Saif Eldin Terry.
Head coach Hubert Velud was a happy man after the final whistle. “I am proud of my boys who doubled their efforts in the last two games of the qualifiers and now we have qualified,” added Velud.
Mustafa Ahmed, a football fan in Khartoum told SNA that he is very delighted with the qualification of the national team. “This means a lot to football in Sudan because it will encourage the players to even work harder to play at the competitive level,” he added.
Sudan also became the first in the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) region to qualify for the AFCON. Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burundi also still have chances of qualifying.
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