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In Port Sudan with my friends.

Ahmed Adam from Sudan

Ahmed Adam from Sudan

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My name is Ahmed Adam and I’m from Sudan. I was born in 1993 in a coastal town called Port Sudan which is in the North-East of the country. I studied Electrical Engineering at Omdurman Islamic University. I have one brother and one sister who are older than me and two younger brothers and two younger sisters. I would like to tell you a little bit about life and football in my country. 

On my motorbike!

My country's full name is...

...the Republic of Sudan. Sudan is located in the North-East of Africa, and the River Nile (The World’s Longest River) divides the country into eastern and western halves. Sudan was once the largest and the most geographically diverse state in Africa. However, it was split into two countries in July 2011. Now, it is the third largest country in Africa after Algeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The official languages are Arabic and English. With 114 native languages and more than 500 accents, it has a diverse multilingual population. 

With my friends in the park.

One of the most interesting places to visit in my country is...

... Khartoum. It is Sudan’s capital and has a wealth of tourist attractions that include many different museums. There are lots of places to visit near the capital. You can visit Al Sabaloka, which is a gorge with the River Nile running through it. You can take a boat trip here if you like. You can also visit Tuti Island which is where the Blue and White Niles meet. It's a beautiful place but there are lots of other places to see in Sudan, too. You can visit the Red Sea State which is where I am from. The Red Sea is one of Sudan’s major attractions. The crystal-clear water and the natural charm of the coral reefs and marine gardens are the top reasons for visiting this wonderful place. Another place to visit is Dinder National Park in the east of Sudan close to the border with Ethiopia. It is one of the largest wildlife parks in the world and you can see lions, leopards and cheetahs.

I support Liverpool.

I like to spend my weekends... 

... at the seaside in Port Sudan. It’s a very nice place with many different things to do. For me, it’s a place where I can forget about life problems and just relax. But, if you don't like the seaside, you can visit Jebel Marra, which is a mountain range and is a beautiful place to visit.

With my friends in Port Sudan. I'm on the left.

The national dish of Sudan...

... is probably 'Foul' which is pronounced 'fool' rather than the football word! Foul is a lightly mashed bean dish garnished with oil and cheese. It is also incredibly cheap, making it a tremendously cost effective meal for everybody. Foul is not only cheap and delicious but it is a unifying force in Sudan. It bridges the gap between the rich and the poor and provides a medium to strengthen a sense of brotherhood, one of the primary features of Islam. Traditional dishes such as Ghurrasa with Damaa, Asseeda (porridge) with Tagalia, and Kisra with Bamia (okra) are also very popular. But if you aren’t a traditional food fan, then you can try Kebab or Shak-Shooka. 

My favourite time of year...

... is Eid Al-Adha Al Mubarak. After enjoying three days with my family and relatives, it’s time to go out for a journey with friends. Sometimes we go to Arkaweet. It’s a beautiful part of the countryside with fantastic weather. We usually stay there for a week or two; do some sightseeing, enjoy the weather, and have fun.

Here I am with my friends at university.

A popular holiday in Sudan is...

... January the 1st. It is a public holiday in Sudan as the independence was announced on this day. The country celebrates its anniversary by raising the country’s flag and playing the National Anthem everywhere. The President of the Republic addresses the crowds and some national songs are played. The atmosphere is unbelievable. TVs and radios broadcast the greatest moments and show historical figures in the history of Sudan and how they struggled to make the independence a reality. Everyone feels proud to be part of the country.  

The most popular sport in Sudan is...

... football. Our National football team is nicknamed the Falcons of Jediane. The home matches are often played in the International Stadium of Khartoum. Sudan was one of the four African nations which formed African football – the others being Egypt, Ethiopia and South Africa. Sudan hosted the first African Cup of Nations in 1956, and has won the tournament once, in 1970. The nation's capital (Khartoum) is home to the Khartoum League, which is considered to be the oldest football league in Africa. Now we have the Sudanese Premier League, although it’s probably not as good as the EPL. I support Al-Hilal FC and our local rivals are El-Merreikh FC. The derby between the two sides is called the Omdurman Derby and it’s also the best match of the season as they are the nation's strongest and most successful clubs. The clubs are separated by a distance of only a few hundred meters. If you don’t have a match ticket, then a café is usually the place where most people enjoy watching football matches as you can have a nice cup of tea while celebrating a goal.

The Sudanese nation team are known as the Falcons of Jediane.

I support...

... Liverpool. The Premier League is extremely popular in Sudan, and Liverpool is a massive club and it has a huge fanbase not only in Europe but throughout the world. Listening to You’ll Never Walk Alone always makes Liverpool supporters feel special. The anthem is capable of providing hope, support, joy and an amazing sense of togetherness for fans and players. It symbolises what the club stands for. I have seen the club during its glorious times and during its difficult times, the one thing that remains constant is the fans' love and unlimited support. A Liverpool fan knows that once he starts supporting this great club, he feels like he belongs to one big global family. I can say that I am so proud and lucky to be a fan of this glorious club. I think it’s only a matter of time before we start creating history again.

I'm a massive Liverpool fan.

My football hero is...

...Zinedine Zidane. Zidane was one of the leading footballers of his generation. He was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years in a poll held by UEFA and is globally regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game. The ball would die on Zidane's feet no matter which way he received a pass- this is supremely difficult. He didn’t need to run or dribble, he could confound the opposition with a single touch or single feint. Zidane will always be the best I have ever watched. 

Zinedine Zidane is my football hero!

Premier Skills English is...

...  a great place to communicate in English. I am continuously impressed with the amount of time and energy the staff at Premier Skills English put into making sure all members are enjoying it! Special Thanks to teachers Jack & Rich. They are an incredibly talented group of teachers who want nothing but the best for us. Thank you for everything you do that make PSE such a great place to communicate in English, enjoy the EPL, and the most important thing to learn and improve our English.

My favourite football quote is...

As long as we have the possibility, then we still have to fight for it.

Xabi Alonso when playing for Liverpool.

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assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
15/07/2017
PS
3557
points

Great Ahmed, I learned a lot about Sudan, thank you for information


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assemjuve
15/07/2017 19:18
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3557

Great Ahmed, I learned a lot about Sudan, thank you for information

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
18/07/2017
SD
1974
points

You're welcome, Assemjuve.
Glad that you think it's great and having leaerned a lot about my country


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
18/07/2017 09:05
Sudan
Liverpool
1974

You're welcome, Assemjuve.
Glad that you think it's great and having leaerned a lot about my country

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kwesimanifest
20/06/2017
GH
3904
points

Interesting informations from you Ahmed.
My national team coach Kwesi Appiah came to coach in your country about 2 years ago and i think he distinguished himself.


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kwesimanifest
20/06/2017 11:07
Ghana
Manchester United
3904

Interesting informations from you Ahmed.
My national team coach Kwesi Appiah came to coach in your country about 2 years ago and i think he distinguished himself.

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
22/06/2017
SD
1974
points

Thank you for this comment, Kwesi.
Yes, you're right, but he also improved Kartoum FC's style of play besides, discovering some young tallents, and they called up to represent our senior National Team. I think this man has a lot to offer to the Black Stars.


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
22/06/2017 08:20
Sudan
Liverpool
1974

Thank you for this comment, Kwesi.
Yes, you're right, but he also improved Kartoum FC's style of play besides, discovering some young tallents, and they called up to represent our senior National Team. I think this man has a lot to offer to the Black Stars.

Liubomyr
09/06/2017
UA
1115
points

Hi Ahmed Adam,

Thank you for your story; it’s a good piece of writing. Now I know much more about Sudan. And your motorbike is cool :)
I remember the Sudan national team at Africa Cup of Nations 2012, they made a good result by reaching the quarter-final.


Liubomyr
09/06/2017 15:46
Ukraine
Watford
1115

Hi Ahmed Adam,

Thank you for your story; it’s a good piece of writing. Now I know much more about Sudan. And your motorbike is cool :)
I remember the Sudan national team at Africa Cup of Nations 2012, they made a good result by reaching the quarter-final.

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
10/06/2017
SD
1974
points

Thanks for your comment and for saying that about the bike, Liubomyr.
Yes, we were knocked out by Zambia who carried on to win the tournament after beating Ivory Coast in a penalty shootout at the final. It was a big upset because the Elephants were the favourites and the best team having scored the most goals without conceding any, but they ended up as runners-up. In fact our football is still miles away behind north and west African football.


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
10/06/2017 11:19
Sudan
Liverpool
1974

Thanks for your comment and for saying that about the bike, Liubomyr.
Yes, we were knocked out by Zambia who carried on to win the tournament after beating Ivory Coast in a penalty shootout at the final. It was a big upset because the Elephants were the favourites and the best team having scored the most goals without conceding any, but they ended up as runners-up. In fact our football is still miles away behind north and west African football.

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
08/06/2017
SD
1974
points

Thank you Elghoul for your comment and Ramadan Karim. There are so many tribes especially in the western region and there maybe some Berberic languages, however these languages are too difficult to learn and not only for foreigners but also for many Sudanese people.

You said Amazigh, I think my football hero is from this (region or tribe) if I'm not wrong.
Yes, it's called Egyptian Foul, but I'm not sure wether it is so popular there to be considerd as a national dish.
I'm a bit surprised to know that Shak-shooka dishes are also being served in Algeria, but it could be a different type of dish, have you tried it?


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
08/06/2017 14:27
Sudan
Liverpool
1974

Thank you Elghoul for your comment and Ramadan Karim. There are so many tribes especially in the western region and there maybe some Berberic languages, however these languages are too difficult to learn and not only for foreigners but also for many Sudanese people.

You said Amazigh, I think my football hero is from this (region or tribe) if I'm not wrong.
Yes, it's called Egyptian Foul, but I'm not sure wether it is so popular there to be considerd as a national dish.
I'm a bit surprised to know that Shak-shooka dishes are also being served in Algeria, but it could be a different type of dish, have you tried it?

elghoul's picture
elghoul
07/06/2017
DZ
1535
points

I learned some new geographical features about Soudan and was amazing on the number of native languages. One hundred and fourteen, and different accents. Perhaps some of these languages are Berberic. In Algeria there are lots of Berberic native languages like Kabyle, Mozabite, Chaoui, etc... In the Constitution Law, Arabic is the official language although French and Amazigh ( or Berberic ) are simply national languages. Or perhaps French is just foreign language as English or any other language.

I would ask Ahmed if Foul is also an Egyptian national dish.

He might know that there are a lot of different sort of Tchac chouka dishes in some Algerian regions like Biskra, Constantine or El oued. They arguably historical road links to Sudan.


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elghoul
07/06/2017 16:24
Algeria
Arsenal
1535

I learned some new geographical features about Soudan and was amazing on the number of native languages. One hundred and fourteen, and different accents. Perhaps some of these languages are Berberic. In Algeria there are lots of Berberic native languages like Kabyle, Mozabite, Chaoui, etc... In the Constitution Law, Arabic is the official language although French and Amazigh ( or Berberic ) are simply national languages. Or perhaps French is just foreign language as English or any other language.

I would ask Ahmed if Foul is also an Egyptian national dish.

He might know that there are a lot of different sort of Tchac chouka dishes in some Algerian regions like Biskra, Constantine or El oued. They arguably historical road links to Sudan.

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