Sierra Leone will face the Falcons of Jediane (Pictured) in Khartoum, Sudan June 14 in their opening Group I match of the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers.
Al Hilal defender David Simbo has advised Leone Stars to expect high temperatures and an enthusiastic home crowd when they face Sudan.
Simbo, who is trading his football the last two seasons with Sudanese giants Al-Hilal, helping them to reach the last 16 of the 2015 African Champions league – is no stranger and very familiar with conditions in that part of the continent.
“Football mad nation, it is normal for the Sudanese fans he said. “The fans rallied behind their team for as long as the game is on. They make 90min uncomfortable.”
“They have very good attacking players like the most expensive players now in Sudan, the likes of Muhammad Eltahir, Mohammed ‘Bisha’ Ahmed and Muhannad Tahir. Muhammad Eltahir is a player with immense skills.”
“I really wish I was playing to help identify their most dangerous players on the day, but surely we will definitely not have it easy,”
“The Fans and weather will be the biggest challenge for Leone Stars because Sudan is very hot, plus it is very difficult to win in Sudan as a visiting team,” Simbo reiterated to footballsierraleone.net
The 6ft 3in defender will not available due to suspension. Simbo, 25, was sent off during Leone Stars’ last match in DR Congo in their 2015 African Nations Cup qualifier.
Nigeria Super Eagles was one of the big names casualties to be defeated 1-0 by the Sudanese national team October 11, 2014.
The defeat left Stephen Keshi’s team rooted to the bottom of Group with 1 point.