By OKELLO ALLAN & AGENCIES
KHARTOUM-SHIFTMEDIA- Millions of South African are still in pain and sorrow after losing out to Sudan 2-0.
They will like Uganda miss the AFCON due in Cameroon next year. Uganda lost to Malawi 1-0. Meanwhile, Burkina Faso beat South Sudan at home 1-0 leading the table and straight to the finals.
But the biggest shock was that of South Africa Bafana Bafana who on Sunday were sent packing out of the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations by Sudan.
First half goals from Saifeldin Maki and Mohammed Abdelrahman did the damage for Sudan, taking them to their first finals since 2012.
And after Maki gave Sudan a lead on 14 minutes, the Falcons of Jediane never looked back.
Half an hour into the game, Sudan scored their critical second – a stunning solo effort from Abdelrahman, who picked the ball up out wide halfway inside the South Africa half, burst into the penalty area and beat both the last man and the goalkeeper with the same move.
It is the first time Sudan has qualified for an African Cup of Nations finals since 2012 – and only the third time since 1976 for the country that won the trophy in 1970.
In the other game in the group, already-qualified Ghana beat bottom side Sao Tome and Principe 3-1.
Nicholas Opoku, Jordan Ayew and Baba Rahman put the Black Stars into a commanding position before a late Fernandez Carvalho consolation for Sao Tome.
Earlier on Sunday, Group J concluded with an exciting game in Tunis in which a 4th-minute Jaziri goal and an Akapo own goal helped Tunisia to a 2-1 win over Equatorial Guinea.
Tanzania, meanwhile, beat Libya 1-0 thanks to a scrambled goal from Simon Msuva.
And in Group A – from which Chad had already been disqualified – Namibia beat group winners Guinea 2-1 thanks to two goals from captain Peter Shalulile. Mamadou Kane scored Guinea’s effort.