Sudan president praises team's performance at CAN 2012

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 31 Jan 2012

President Omar Al-Bashir praises side for reaching African Cup of Nations quarterfinals for first time since 1970

Sudan's players listen to their national anthem before the start of their match against Burkina Faso during their African Cup of Nations Group B soccer match at Estadio de Bata (Photo: Reuters)

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has hailed his country’s national team for reaching the African Cup of Nations quarterfinals following a precious 2-1 win over Burkina Faso on Monday.

Celebrations pervaded Sudan’s streets after the Falcons of Jediane (as the national team is known) reached the tournament's quarterfinals for the first time in 42 years, edging out Angola on goal difference.

“Al-Bashir congratulated the national team for their outstanding performance and asked them to continue their successful campaign to please the entire nation,” Sudanese newspaper Goansport reported on Tuesday.

“The president said the team would receive all the support they needed to proceed in the tournament and promised them great rewards,” added the newspaper.

Sudan will play Group A winner Zambia in the last eight on Saturday, and their coach Mohamed Abdallah 'Mazda' is confident his young team still has a lot to offer.

“This generation has achieved a lot for Sudanese football,” coach Mazda was quoted as saying by AP after the Burkina Faso victory. “We proved that we can play against big teams with a completely domestically-based team, and the second youngest team in the championship with an average age of 24.

“We won the championship in 1970 and now we’re back with this generation that I hope has the confidence to continue our winning ways.” concluded Mazda.

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