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Farid gets Falcons going

Sudan retained hopes of making the Cecafa Tusker Cup quarterfinals alive after rallying to edge battling Somalia 1-0 at Namboole Stadium on Wednesday.

Farid Mohammed scored the game’s solitary goal after the sides had kept each other out for 86 minutes.

The win moves Sudan level, albeit briefly, with Burundi and Tanzania, who took to action shortly after, on three points.

Despite the result seeing Somalia bow out of the tournament with a group game to spare, coach Sam Ssimbwa and the Ocean Stars will be pleased with their performance on the day compared to the opener where they were pummeled 5-1 by Burundi.

For Sudan, it was a welcome lease of life following their opening 2-0 loss to Tanzania.

Both teams had their moments in the match and should have all scored at least five apiece but for school boy finishing.

At times Somalia’s passing starring Mohamed Salah and Ali Dadir outside the Sudanese box was a joy to watch but without an end product.

Sudanese attacks led by Saeed Siddig and Mohammed Musa Idris, the latter coming close to giving the Falcons the opener on several occasions, could not find their way past Moalim Abdullahi in the Somali goal.

Toward the half time whistle, Idris should have put Sudan ahead on two occasions but it wasn’t to be thanks to Abdullahi’s heroics.

The second period was no different with both sides trading blows. Sudan survived a penalty when Somali’s star man Ali Dadir was bundled just on the edge of the area but the resultant free kick was spanned – the story of the afternoon.

Well, until late. Sudan broke forward Modathir Mohammad and Sadam Abutalib leading the way.

A wayward cross into the penalty box evaded the Somali backline and as goalkeeper Abdulahi came out to save, Farid was first to the ball tapping home for their first win of the campaign.


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