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Sudan were amongst the pioneers of early pan-African competition, hosting the very first Africa Cup of Nations, in which they came third.
They were champions on home soil in 1970, their only success to date, and reached two more finals tournaments, but what followed was three decades of frustration as their football fell behind others on the continent.
Their reappearance at the 2008 finals in Ghana was a welcome sight following 32 years in the wilderness, though they failed to make an impact, losing all three of their group matches without scoring, and conceding nine themselves.
With Cypriot-English coach Stephen Constantine in charge they have made it through to the final round of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, though their realistic target remains reaching the Nations Cup in Angola, which in itself would be a worthy achievement.
Just about the entire squad comes from the two big clubs in the country, Al-Merreikh and Al-Hilal, who have achieved moderate success in contintal club competitions of late.
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