Monday Jan 29, 2018. 11:00
Sudan head coach Zdravko Logarusic has explained how he masterminded his side’s victory over Zambia.
The Falcons of Jediane stunned much-fancied Zambia 1-0 in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) quarter-final match in Marrakech on Saturday.
“It was a difficult game for us. We knew Zambia had quality,” Logarusic said.
“I have been in charge for only five weeks, and with piece of luck and some good, we won. Zambia created chances and were just unlucky.
Saifeldin Bakhit scored the only goal of the match for Sudan 32 minutes into the game and they managed to contain Zambia until the match referee blew the final whistle.
“The first thing was to put the ball at the back of the net and we succeeded in doing that. Football can be cruel; sometimes you deserve to win, but end up losing,” the Croatian continued.
“Other times, you deserve to lose, but end up winning. Zambia played three games and I knew it will be difficult for them to keep the rhythm. Also, fatigue set into their play.
“The key thing was that I told the players to put the ball on the ground. That is I why we put extra midfielder just to hold the ball, and allow the ball to do the running,” he added.
“We knew they were slow at the back and had to wait for the lucky punch.”
Sudan will now face off with Nigeria in the semi-final clash in Marrakech on Wednesday.