The Falcons of Jediane and the Chipolopolo come face to face in the first of four quarter-final 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
The Falcons of Jediane progressed to the last eight of the competition after a narrow 1-0 loss to Cote d'Ivoire, before a 2-2 draw with Angola and a 2-1 win against Burkina Faso in the final game, allowing them to place second in Group B. Zambia have reached this stage thanks to an impressive unbeaten record which saw them top Group A with a 2-1 win over Senegal and 1-0 victory against co-hosts Equatorial Guinea, while drawing 2-2 with Libya along the way.
The winner of this encounter knows that they will play the victor of the other quarter-final that sees Tunisia clash with Ghana. The semi-final certainly seems like it will be a tough game for either of these sides, but they will first need to focus on this match and defeating their opponent to progress to the final four.
Sudan are at full strength for this match, and they will be using a very similar side to the one that earned them three priceless points against Burkina Faso in their last match.
Zambia have sacked midfielder Clifford Mulenga from their 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 are ranked 120th on the Fifa monthly rankings.
- The Falcons of Jediane advanced to the quarter-finals as the second-placed team in Group B, progressing along with favourites Cote d'Ivoire.
- Sudan are the only representatives from east Africa at the 2012 Afcon.
- Sudan have won the African showpiece event on one occasion, in 1970.
- Zambia are dedicating their 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 are known as the Chipolopolo, which means the Copper Bullets.
- The Zambians topped Group A at this tournament, finishing ahead of favourites Senegal, Libya and co-hosts Equatorial Guinea.