2018 CHAN: Sudan Ready to Upset Cup Favorites Nigeria in Semis

Zdravko Logarusic, coach of Sudan instructs players during the 2018 CHAN quarter finals football game between Zambia and Sudan at the Grand stade Marrakech in Marrakech, Morocco on 27 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Sudan have made clear their intentions of qualifying for the finals of the African Nations Championship-by declaring their readiness for the clash against Nigeria.

Sudan face tournament favorites Nigeria in the second semifinal set for Wednesday January 31 at the Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech.

The Logarusic-coached side seek motivation from their inspiring 1-0 win over Zambia in the quarterfinals, a result which booked them a place in the semis.

The East Africans have had a stellar campaign so far as they remain unbeaten after four games. They started off by beating Guinea before recording a 1-0 win over Mauritania.

In their final match of Group A, the team held hosts Morocco to a barren draw for their seventh point which placed them second in the group. The quarterfinals saw them dump out Zambia with a 1-0 victory.

Ahead of the game against Nigeria, Sudan assistant coach Burhaneldin Tia acknowledged Nigeria’s prowess in the continent but stated that they are very ready for the clash.

“We have intensified preparations for the semi-final clash against Nigeria, right after beating Zambia at the quarters. We didn’t beat Zambia due to luck, but because we were better prepared and better team on the day,’’ noted Tia.

“Nigeria is one of the giants of African football and it is always a pleasure to play against such a team. It will be a different game from the previous matches, but we will do our best to emerge victors and advance to the final.

“All the players are in good condition. The positive news is that we have a team of young players, who play collectively and are prepared to go all out to achieve the expected result,’’ he added.

On his part, Sudan captain Mohamed Taher called on physical and Psychological tolerance against the African giants.

“We are determined to carry on with our impressive run at the tournament so far. Against Nigeria will be difficult, and for such games, you have to physically and psychologically ready. We are not under any form of pressure. However, we are determined to prove to all that we are not at the semi-finals by chance.  ‘’



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