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Nigeria’s Group D Afcon opponents, Sudan unveil largely home-based 36-man provisional squad

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Barely 48 hours after getting on the saddle, Burhan Tia the newly appointed Sudan coach, has announced a provisional 36-man squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021.

Tia was appointed Sudan coach on Sunday after the dismissal of French Hubert Velud, following Sudan’s exit from the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 currently being held in Qatar.

Sudan are in Group D of the Africa Cup of Nations along with Nigeria, Egypt and Guinea-Bissau. The provisional list included just one player who plays outside Sudan, Athar Attahir defender of Egyptian side Smouha Al-Masry, while the rest of the list came entirely from the local league.

Sudan will start their campaign against Guinea-Bissau on January 11, before facing Nigeria on January 15, and concluding its group matches against neighboring Egypt on January 19.

Provisional Squad:

Ali Abu Ashreen, Ishag Adam, Wali Al-Din Khidr, Abdul Razzaq Yaqoub, Juma Abbas, Muhammad Abdul Rahman, Akram Al-Hadi, Salah Nimr, Imad Al-Sinni, Mustafa Karshoum, Muhammad Al-Rashid, Al-Jazouli Noah, Dia Al-Din Mahjoub, Muhammad Abdullah Hussein, Mazen Muhammedin, Sheikh Muhammad, Muhammad Kasri, Suleiman Zakaria, Athar Al-Tahir, Ahmad Al-Fateh, Sharif Omar, Muhammad Hassoun, Awad Zayed, Ali Muhammad Nour, Mutawakkil Adam Suleiman, Musab Al-Sharif, Muhammad Al-Mundhir, Al-Sadiq Hassan Musa, Amjad Ismail, Mojtaba Al-Murdi, Mustafa Ahmed, Muhammad Al-Hajj, Captain Bashir, Muayyad Aydin, Suleiman Hamid.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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