Soccer-Sudan draw Nations Cup squad from just two clubs

KHARTOUM, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Sudan have named 23 players from just two clubs in their final squad for the African Nations Cup finals, drawing from champions Al Hilal and cup winners Al Merreikh.

Al Hilal, who edged Al Merreikh to the title by six points last year and also reached the semi-final of the African Champions League, contribute 12 players and Al Merreikh, who beat Al Hilal 1-0 in November’s domestic cup final, the others, according to the squad list released on Monday.

Coach Mohamed Abdallah restored striker Faisal Agab, who was the leading goal scorer in the qualifiers, to the squad after he was left out of last month’s preliminary list.

The squad also includes his Al Merreikh team mate Abdelhamid Amari, who won the plaudits in the victory by the country’s under-23 team at last month’s East and Central African Senior Challenge Cup in Tanzania.

Sudan make their first Nations Cup finals appearance in more than three decades, opening their Group C campaign in Kumasi on Jan. 22 against Zambia.

Ghana will stage the tournament from Jan. 20.

Squad: Goalkeepers: Bahaeldin Abdallah (Al Merreikh), Mahjoub El Moez (Al Hilal), Akram El Hadi Salem (Al Merreikh),

Defenders: Mohamed Ali Khider (Al Hilal), Ahmed Al Basha, Musa Al Tayeb (both Al Merreikh), Omar Bakheit (Al Hilal), Amir Damar (Al Merreikh), Alaeldin Ahmed Gibril, Khalid Hassan (both Al Hilal)

Midfielders: Yousef Alaeldin, Hamouda Bashir (both Al Hilal), Badreldin El Doud (Al Merreikh), Saifeldin Ali Idris, Hassan Isaac Korongo, Rtshard Justin Lado (all Al Hilal), Mugahid Mohamed (Al Merreikh), Haitham Mostafa, Mohamed Tahir (both Al Hilal)

Forwards: Abdelhamid Amari, Faisal Agab, Alaeldin Babiker, Haitham Tambal (all Al Merreikh). (Editing by N.Ananthanarayanan))