After booking a quarterfinals berth at the ongoing CHAN Morocco 2018 Sudan coach Zdravko Logarusic has said that they are not in the country as “tourists” but to compete.
The 55-year-old former Gor Mahia and Asante Kotoko gaffer commanded the touchline at Mohammed V Stadium, Casablanca as the Falcons of Jediane edged Mauritania 1-0 to join the hosts in the quarterfinals.
“We are not here as tourists; we are here to compete,” the Croat said after the match.
Surprisingly, he ascribed the slim win to luck – acknowledging that Mauritania also had their moments in the game, which they failed to capitalize on.
“I must congratulate Mauritania because they also have their chances but could not take them. Sometimes you have to be lucky a bit.”
Sudan squeezed a 2-1 win against Guinea in their opener and will face Morocco in group ‘A’ decider.
Morocco also made the last eight following 3-0 and 3-1 wins against Mauritania and Guinea respectively.
Sudan will have to make do without the services of dependable striker Omer Omer who picked his second yellow card yesterday.
Meanwhile Mauritania will take on Guinea in a dead rubber match Sunday.
The Islanders’ coach Corentin Martins believes that the match will offer them a chance to restore the pride of the nation.
“On Saturday, I was disappointed with my forwards but today I cannot blame them.
“We competed and that will not change against Guinea because we have to defend the Mauritian flag.”
Guinea coach Kanfory Bangoura has since been fired following the back to back defeats.
Assistant coach Ibrahima Sory Toure takes over for the remaining match against Mauritania Sunday.