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Last Updated: Sunday, 23 December 2007, 13:09 GMT
Sudan harvest Cecafa talent
By Emmanuel Muga
BBC Sport, Dar es Salaam

Sudan celebrate wining the 2007 Cecafa Cup
Sudan celebrated winning the Cecafa Challenge Cup
The Sudanese side that were recently crowned Cecafa Challenge Cup champions, will provide 10 players for the Nile Crocodiles' African Nations Cup squad.

The team, comprising mainly youth players, defeated Rwanda 4-2 on penalties to lift the regional title.

Coach Tagel Abbas says the players were so impressive during the 11-team event they could now travel to Ghana.

"We have already identified great talent to reinforce our senior team," Abbas told BBC Sport.

"All the strikers (Modather Eltaab, Eltahir Hamad Musa, Sufian Salim and Abdelhamid Amarria), the goalkeeper (Akram Salim) will be promoted to the senior team.

Sudan's Abdelhamid Amarria
Amarria will join the Nile Crocodiles' Cup of Nations squad

"Defenders Ahmed Elbasha, Khalid Hassan, Zriab Hussein and midfielders Saifeldin Ali Idris, Nasredn Omer will also join the provisional squad.

"This team started preparing one-and-a-half months ago.

"They have so far played a total of eleven matches, including six in the Cecafa championship, together as a group.

"And match after match they have improved - they are now able to cope with all situations," he added.

The coach said the team will set up a brief training camp in Khartoum before heading to Spain.

While in Spain, they are scheduled to play Nigeria, the Ivory Coast and Morocco before heading to Ghana.

Sudan are in Group C alongside Cameroon, Egypt and Zambia.



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