As in many countries in the world, football [soccer] is the favourite sport. Sudann has two preferred teams based in the capital: Hilal [the crescent moon on a deep blue background], and Meriekh [Mars, a yellow star on a red background]. Whenever these two teams play, crowds swarm to the stadium, and supporters of the winning team take to the streets shouting, blowing whistles or beating drums.
There are provincial teams from Wad Medani and port Sudan as well as other teams in the capital, but the giants get all the attention.
There is a stadium in Khartoum, near udan University, and another in Omdurman.
Amateur players congregate wherever there is a large enough area of ground, something to mark out the goal area, and a football available. Driving around late afternoon till sunset whether in thetown or provinces, there will be a game to be seen.
Al Falwa Riding Center is the first privately owned riding centre in Kharrtoum. It offers courses to beginners, intermediate and advanced riders of all ages. Classes are small- 4 to a group. The coaches are experienced, and there are a number of beautiful horses.
Visit or call to find details of fees and times lessons are available. Normally a lesson lasts 45 mins -1 hour. A course is 8 lessons , and costs £S 320 for adults, £S 350 for children.
Membership for a year is £900.
The stables are clean and spacious, and owners of a horse can stable it here.
Equipment: Bring your own hat , boots and gloves, It is possible to purchase equipment from the management.
Football is the major and popular sport in Sudan and I also enjoyed Egypt-Sudan match where the score was as follows:
There are Indian communities who have settled here and Cricket is popular among them.
If you really feel the urge to play fotball in a city as hot as Khartoum there are definitely opportunities for that. The best way to find out when and where people are playing is just to ask around. Most locals will be more than happy to have a foreigner in their team and if they're not you can always gather a few friends and play against them.
Equipment: No special equipment is needed here. Most people don't wear leg covers so you'll be just fine with shorts, t-shirt and a pair of sneekers. Just remember that most women in Sudan don't play football (or any other sport really), so if you're a woman and really want to play, make sure that you cover up as much as possible.
I had one or two really good nights watching 5-a-side football at the sports complex on Airport Road in Amarat. Every so often teams from various embassies get together for some international matches, supplemented by the Sudanese workers there so you don't just get fat, balding diplomats playing! One game was Italy vs Iraq (can't remember who won). There was a pretty big crowd and a great atmosphere all night under the floodlights.
Best bit though was what was apparently the first ever game of women's football played in Sudan. No Sudanese women were involved but there were some in the crowd and it went down extremely well. A bite to eat at the Lebanese restaurant next door completed a very enjoyable night.