Sudan’s first football team lost its last friendly experience as part of its preparations for the matches against Togo and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the African qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup against its Libyan counterpart by two goals to one.
The two sides met in the confrontation that brought them together at the Benina Martyrs Stadium in Babghazi, Libya.
The Libyan national team scored the goal of progress by Faisal Al-Badri in the 17th minute of the first half and equalized for the Sudanese national team Ali Kubba in the 23rd minute of the second half, and less than a minute later the Libyan scored his second goal by Ahmed Al-Khoja, which ended the match.
The coach of the guests started the match with a squad that included Mohamed Mustafa (goalkeeper), Mohamed Ahmed Erang, Mustafa Karshoum, Ramadan Ajab, Bakhit Khamis, Imad Al-Chinese, Mohammed Al-Rasheed, Salah Adel, Al-Jazouli Noah, Yasser Muzammil and Musab Julengat.
Proceedings of the meeting
The two teams exchanged rivalry and control, and the attacks of the Libyan (Knights of the Mediterranean) were the most dangerous and created more than one opportunity that the Sudan defense line led by Karshom and Erang dealt with excellently.
From one attack and from a corner kick, the Libyan team scored its first goal, after which the guests organized their ranks to equalize and led more than one attack with depth and periphery, but it did not pose any danger.
The first half ended with the progress of the Libyan team, and in the second session, Sudan coach Kwasi Appiah made several adjustments, as a result of which the performance continued to spar between the two teams, as the Sudanese team worked to equalize and succeeded in doing so by substitute Ali Kubba, who was able to modify the result in the 23rd minute.
But the hosts managed to score the goal just a minute after the equalizer to end the match with the Mediterranean Knights winning by two goals to one.
Sudanese national team coach Kwasi Appiah confirmed that the match provided him with technical benefits before the Togo and Congo matches. He described the Libyan team as an organizer who plays team football.
Appiah said the level of the Sudanese team is rising and added that they do not care about the results of friendly matches as much as they focus on their benefits before official play.
The Ghanaian promised to address the negatives that accompanied the team’s performance in the match and said: “We have more time and we are waiting for the completion of the arrival of professionals abroad.