Kwesi Appiah guides Sudan to record first win

Sudan defeated the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and James Kwasi Appiah guided his team to the top of Group B in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Secretary Birds defeated the Democratic Republic of the Congo 1-0 at home on Sunday, November 19, 2023.

Appiah’s team, who are now leading Group B, secured all three points thanks to an own goal by Charles Pickel in the 79th minute.

Sudan’s first qualifying match ended in a 1-1 draw with Togo, giving them four points from two games.

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However, if Senegal, who has three points, defeats Togo on Tuesday, the North African team would drop to second place in the group.

Sudan is placed in a World Cup qualifying group with South Sudan, Senegal, Togo, DR Congo, and Mauritania.

Appiah joined Sudan in September, but since assuming leadership, he has had a significant influence. Sudan has not lost any of its four games, having won two and drawn the other two.

Ghanaians make up the majority of Appiah’s backroom staff; his assistant is Ignatius Osei Fosu, and Sudan’s goalkeeper trainer is former Ghanaian goalkeeper Fatau Dauda.


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