Sudan head coach Zdravko Logarusic is confident that his side can cause a major upset on Zambia when the two teams meet in the quarterfinals of the ongoing African Nations Championship. The match is set for Saturday January 27, 2018 at the Stade de Marrakech.
Sudan are the surprise team of the tournament after second in Group A to earn a quarterfinal spot. The East Africans beat Equatorial Guinea 2-1 in their opening match before edging Mauritania 1-0 four days later. A barren draw with hosts Morocco was their most recent result.
Ahead of the clash against Zambia, Logarusic is self-assured of a good performance despite them being labeled underdogs in the tie.
“Sudan has surprised a lot of people in this competition. Before the start, we were the lowest ranked team and nobody gave us a chance. Despite reaching the quarter finals, many others are still not taking us serious. We are ready to face Zambia even today or now,’’ said Logarusic.
“We are not under pressure and will do the talking on the pitch. I’m optimistic that the players will give 150 per cent and won’t disappoint the Sudanese population.
“Zambia is one of the best teams at the tournament, and one of four teams tipped as favourites. They are organised and play together as a team. Most players are from two clubs (Zesco and Zanaco) and they have the perfect mix,’’ he added.
Light at the end of the tunnel
On the overall development of Sudan football, Logarusic acknowledges that they are currently on the right path. The Croatian is still new to the Sudan coaching job having been appointed in December 2017.
“I’m just five weeks into the Sudan job and I’m still learning and trying to gel. I’m not a magician but I can see that we are on the right path. Before the tournament, Sudan was ranked 136th in the world, and has moved 21 places up to 115th, which is great for the team.,’’ noted Logarusic.