Sudan edged out Libya 4-2 via penalties to win the bronze prize in the third-place play-off match at the 2018 Caf African Nations Championship at Stade de Marrakech on Saturday.
Both sides were tied 1-1 after regular time, but penalties from Mohamed Tahir, Mohamed Babikir, Mahmoud Ahmed and Maaz Gesalla ensured Sudan were victorious on the night.
Despite a strong start from the Libyans, it was Sudan who shot into the lead in the eighth minute when a long ball into the penalty area found Walaa Eldin Yagoub to power home a header past Abdalla Nashnush on his right corner.
The Falcons of Jediane continued to display good touches and impressive build-up before Elmutasem Abushnaf saw his header going wide in the 25th minute from a cross on the left flank.
Libya stepped up their play shortly after the half-way mark, but they still couldn’t find the leveller as coach Zdravko Logarusic’s men went into the break a goal up.
The North Africans continued their search for an equaliser after the restart and substitute Ablo unleashed a rocket from the edge of the area in the 70th minute but Akram punched away and Taktak’s follow up went wide.
Sudan goalkeeper Akram continued to be the man separating Libya and a goal as he denied Ablo for the second time in the 75th minute from point blank range.
But the Mediterranean Knights eventually levelled, the relentless Ablo making it 1-1 in the 84th minute when his header beat Akram to take the game to penalties.
Later today, the Super Eagles of Nigeria take on hosts Morocco in the showpiece final in Rabat.