Sudan FA Sets 2026 World Cup Qualification Target For Kwesi Appiah2 min read
Former Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has been tasked with the goal of leading Sudan to qualify for the 2026 World Cup after signing a three-year coaching contract with the Northeast African country.Appiah, who also serves as a member of the Ghana Football Association Executive Council and holds the role of technical director for Asante Kotoko, formally sealed the deal earlier this month following his first victory as Sudan’s coach, where his team defeated Chad 1-0 in a friendly.
This victory marked a turning point for Sudan, as they had previously experienced a series of disappointing results, leading to their failure to qualify for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.
Appiah’s appointment has revitalised the Sudanese team, who are now looking to the former Ghana captain to build a competitive squad. His primary objectives include not only securing qualification for the 2026 World Cup, set to be co-hosted by the USA, Mexico, and Canada but also earning a spot in the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations.
In an interview with Asempa FM, Appiah shared the target that has been set for him, stating, “The target I have been given is to build a team and ensure the team qualifies for the 2026 World Cup and the next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.”
He acknowledged the challenge posed by the ongoing conflict in Sudan, which has disrupted the league and necessitated the team’s temporary operation from Saudi Arabia.
Nevertheless, he expressed optimism for a brighter future despite the prevailing challenges, saying, “I hope order and peace will be restored in the country.”
Appiah signed his contract in Saudi Arabia, where the Sudanese Football Association has temporarily relocated due to the conflict in Sudan. He is receiving assistance from compatriot Ignatius Osei-Fosu and former Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda.
Sudan will start their World Cup qualification campaign in November with two games against Togo and DR Congo. They also have African champions Senegal in their group.