Sudan recorded the biggest Afcon qualifying win of the day after beating Ethiopia 5-3 in Khartoum.
The hosts took a 3-1 halftime lead at Al Hilal Stadium in Omdurman on Saturday night before Ethiopia gave them a scare with a dramatic second half rally in this Red Sea derby.
Mudathir Careca put Sudan ahead in the seventh minute before Seyoum levelled for Ethiopia seven minutes later.
Momhmad Bisha put Sudan back in the lead almost immediately and Musab Omer stretched the home side’s lead 15 minutes from halftime.
Ethiopia clawed one back in the 50th minute through Adane Girma before his teammate Biydglesne restored parity in the 68th minute.
Mohammad Eltahir made sure of the home win with two penalties in the 85th and 90th minutes to make sure Sudan travelled to Addis Ababa armed with a comfortable score line for the return leg on October 13.