The Falcons of Jediane and the Chipolopolo come face to face in the first of four quarterfinal matches this weekend at the 2012 AFCON.
Khaliefa, Al Basha, Massawi, Mosab
Badreldien, Hamed, Kamal, Yousif
N Mulenga, Himonde, Kasonde, Musonda
Sinkala, F Katongo
C Katongo, Mbesuma, Chansa
Sudan is at full strength for this match and will be using a very similar side to the one that earned it three priceless points against Burkina Faso in its last match.
Zambia has sacked midfielder Clifford Mulenga from its AFCON squad for breaking camp rules, the southern African FA announced on Tuesday. The Bloemfontein Celtic player is reported to have broken a curfew with three other unnamed players after the Chipolopolo’s win over Equatorial Guinea on Sunday. The trio, according to FA officials, immediately showed remorse and were pardoned, however, the 24-year-old refused to accept culpability, and he will therefore be unavailable for this match.
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- Sudan is ranked 120th in the FIFA monthly rankings.
- The Falcons of Jediane advanced to the quarterfinals as the second placed team in Group B, progressing along with Cote d'Ivoire.
- Sudan is the only representatives from east Africa at the 2012 AFCON.
- Sudan has won the African showpiece event on one occasion, in 1970.
- Zambia is dedicating its performances in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea to national team members that perished in a tragic plane crash in 1993.
- Zambia finished as second best at the AFCON on two occasions, once in 1974 and again in 1994.
- The Zambia national team is known as the Chipolopolo, which means the Copper Bullets.
- The Zambians topped Group A at this tournament, finishing ahead of favorite Senegal, Libya and co-host Equatorial Guinea.