Sudan will be away to Kenya in a friendly match scheduled for Nairobi on May 27 at the Moi International Sports centre Kasarani in preparation for their Afcon 2017 qualifier against Sierra Leone a week later.
The Falcons of Jediane will use the test match as preparations ahead of their decisive AFCON qualifying match slated for the Siaka Steven Stadium Freetown on Saturday 4, June 2016.
Mazda’s men are desperate to pick maximum points and do the double against a Sierra Leone side that will be playing at home looking to strengthen their grip and get their Gabon 2017 campaign back on track.
The Harambee Stars of Kenya who will face Congo Brazzaville on June 5 in Group E will also use this tie to prepare for the crunch qualifier.
Sudan-UK based soccer pundit Abdul Musa reiterated that Mazda’s side will be coming to defeat Sierra Leone, although he acknowledged the difficult task ahead.
“It’s going to be tough away game, and that is why the squad is going to have a good test against the Harambee Stars.
Musa explained: “Sudan will travel to Kenya, to play a friendly vs the Kenyan National Team in preparation for the qualifier vs Sierra Leone on the 4th June.
“The 22-man squad started training yesterday under Coach Mohamed Abdullah Mazda who has said Sudan has no option but to win in Freetown”.
“Key defensive midfielder Nasr El Din El Shigel and first choice left back Abdullatef Boya all absent from the squad that will be coming to Freetown,” Musa told footballsieraleone.net
Sudan are in Group I of the qualifiers alongside Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, and Gabon who are automatic qualifiers as host of the in the 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the biennial international men’s football championship of Africa organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).