Moussaab, the frantic Sudanese footballer
Moussaab is 22 years old and comes from Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, which seceded from Southern Sudan in 2011. Moussaab loves Khartoum because he treats it as a football field. He plays for hours on end in the alleys of the city. Like many Sudanese, he is passionate about football! As a left-back, he has won several finals, thanks to his many goals!
A short break on the Nile
Moussaab confides that he prefers the town of Omdurman, the country’s largest city and home to the tomb of the Mahdi, who, according to Sunnism, is a descendant of the prophet Mohammed. The Nile separates Omdurman from Khartoum, where you can take a felucca to sail along the mythical river. These traditional Arab sailing boats allow you to discover the city’s richness and meet the early morning fishermen.
Pudding made in Sudan!
When asked about his favourite Sudanese dishes, one particularly attracted Moussab’s attention: assida ma moulah. It’s made from assida, which looks like a pudding made from boiled flour, and moulah, a Sudanese tomato sauce. The Sudanese don’t need to go to England to get some pudding – they have their own, which is both spicy and high in protein. To make assida, you need flour (oat, millet, wheat or sorghum), which you heat in a large pot of hot water. For your moulah, you’ll need meat (camel, beef, chicken, veal, you name it!), tomatoes, onions, chili pepper and oil! Let everything simmer together, and serve your assida with its moulah sauce while it remains very hot.
To date, Moussaab does not wish to return to Sudan, knowing that the situation is deteriorating day by day. However, he would like to go back to find his family. Moussaab advises us to visit his country above all because of the generosity of the Sudanese people. These people, whose hearts are in their hands, will always welcome you with a big smile to help you discover the secrets of their country.