Sudan edged east African neighbours Ethiopia in a thrilling contest played in Omdurman which produced eight goals during first leg of theÃ‚Â final qualifier forÃ‚Â the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2013. The visitors were down 3-1 but got it back to 3-3 before Sudan hadÃ‚Â Ã‚Â substitute Mohannad Al-Thir to thank for his brace of penalties which in the endÃ‚Â confirmedÃ‚Â their victory.
As the race for final places at AFCON 2013 entered the home stretch the Ã‚Â 5-3 result was one of the highlights of a weekend of matches. The two neighbors Sudan and Ethiopia played out a thriller with Ã‚Â Sudanese veterans Ã‚Â Hiatham Mustafa and Faisal Al-Ajab involved in three of SudanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s goals while the Ethiopians deserved applause for the brave and entertaining Ã‚Â performance that leaves the return match in Addis Ababa next month a mouth-watering prospect.
It Ã‚Â took Sudan only 7 minutes to go in front when Faisal Al-AjabÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s smart low cross found Mudathir Careca who converted past Ã‚Â goal-keeper Biniyam Habtamu. Sudan then poured Ã‚Â forward with numerous scoring opportunities. The visitorsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã‚Â first attemptÃ‚Â came from Getaneh Kebede’s shot outside the Ã‚Â box but it didn’t have Ã‚Â enough power Ã‚Â to trouble Sudan goalkeeper Akram Al-Hadi Saleem .
Then against the run of the play unmarked Getaneh Kebede leveled Ã‚Â for the visitors on 14 minutes Ã‚Â when controlled the ball from midfield and rushed towards goal before chipping Ã‚Â over Akram who come out to meet him. Less than a minute after the equalizer Ã‚Â Sudan regained the lead when Mohmad Ahmed Bisha scored from a rebound after Biniyam failed to hold Ã‚Â Al-Ajab’s shot.
Musab Omer’s free kick Ã‚Â made it three for Sudan at the end of the first half.
After theÃ‚Â restart, Ethiopia upped the stakes and took the game to the hosts with Ã‚Â Asrat Megersa and Addis running Ã‚Â the midfield and getting the better of Ã‚Â Nazar Hamid and Al-Shighel from Sudan.Ã‚Â Getaneh got his and the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã‚Â second goal when he larched onto a rebound from SeyoumÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s shot on 50thÃ‚Â Ã‚Â minute.
Sudan coach Mazda introduced striker Bakry Abdulgadir and the two veterans Haitham Mustafa and Mohannad Al-Tahir but Ã‚Â Ethiopia who changed things round scoring their 3rdÃ‚Â goal and equaliser through by Adane Girma. He headed home on 68thminute much to the disbelief of the home fans.Ã‚Â Sudan seemed shell shocked and only recovered in the last 10 minutes when Mohamed Al Tahir converted penalties Ã‚Â on 83 and Ã‚Â 90 minutes .