Bafana Bafana

Sudan promise gung-ho approach

2014-11-15 10:50
Nigeria vs. Sudan (Supplied)
Nigeria vs. Sudan (Supplied)

Durban -  Sudan coach Mohamed Abdallah has promised to come out guns blazing against Bafana Bafana in Saturday's crucial 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Durban.

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Currently rooted at the bottom of group A, Sudan will have to beat their hosts at Moses Mabhida Stadium to stand any chance of qualifying for next year's continental showpiece which will now be held in Equatorial Guinea.

A single win, which came as somewhat of a surprise when they edged Nigeria in Khartoum, has scuppered Abdallah's chances of appearing at next year's tournament, but the coach remains resilient despite the mountain that lies ahead.

"For us, we have to fight for the result. We're well prepared, not like the match we played in Khartoum and the players have the experience of the big matches," Abdallah said at his team's final training session at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Friday afternoon.

"There is only one way now for Sudan to qualify or they will be out of the competition. We qualified in 2008 and in 2010 and the only way then was to win our games. We have one chance, win or be out."

Sudan opened their 2015 qualification campaign with a 3-0 loss to Shakes Mashaba's lively Bafana in the Sudanese capital, putting the former African powerhouse on the back foot from day one.

A 2-0 loss to Congo-Brazzaville followed, before Sudan bagged a lone goal against the Super Eagles in Khartoum to collect their first points of the campaign.

Nigeria, however, would not be fooled again, beating Abdallah's side 3-1 in Abuja, to leave Sudan's qualification hopes in tatters heading into their last two fixtures.

Looking back at their previous meeting with South Africa, Abdallah was frank about his team's performance on the day.

"We came into the game with no preparation. We hope now that we are in good physical condition."

Sudan travelled to Umlazi immediately after their training session to pay their respects to Senzo Meyiwa, who was buried there two weeks ago, after he was shot and killed in Gauteng on October 26.

"We send our deepest condolences to his family and the football family in South Africa. It's not only South Africa that lost him, it's the whole of Africa. He was a brave man," Abdallah said before leaving for the fallen goalkeeper's childhood home.

Meanwhile, head of communications at the SA Football Association, Dominic Chimhavi, confirmed that 27,000 tickets had already been sold ahead of Saturday's 3pm kick-off, predicting a surge of late sales on Saturday.

"In South Africa the trend is to buy the tickets at the last minute. We urge all South Africans to be part of this historic match, which will be a fitting tribute to Senzo Meyiwa," Chimhavi said.

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