Active on the international scene since 1936, Sudan are one of the pioneers of the African game, but they still await their first ever appearance at a FIFA World Cup™ finals. The Falcons of Jediane came tantalisingly close in 1958, however, when they eliminated Syria before having to declare forfeit against Indonesia. They then lost to Nigeria and Morocco in the last round ahead of the 1970 edition, and had their route blocked by Nigeria and Liberia in 2002.
The core of Sudan's first team is made up of players from local clubs Al Hilal and Al Merreikh. As a result, Sudan are the only side contesting the qualifiers for the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations and 2016 CAF African Nations Championship – a competition limited to African-based players – with the same line-up. The current generation now hope to break new ground and seal a historic spot at Russia 2018.
Mohamed 'Mazda' Abdallah has overseen more games with Sudan than any other coach in the nation's history. The former forward will look to sharpen his side's attacking edge as they vie for a berth at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and one of the five places on offer at Russia 2018.
1 – Sudan have clinched the CAF Africa Cup of Nations title on one occasion, beating Ghana 1-0 in the final on home soil in 1970.
The former stars
Ousama Rihan, Haitham Mustafa, Haytham Tambal