Somalia’s minister for youth and Sports Honorable Khadija Mohamed Diriye, has on Sunday afternoon visited Stadium Banadir prior to the kick off of the 2nd edition of the country’s Inter-State football tournament.
The minister was accompanied in her visit by deputy minister, Ahmed Omar Islaw, director general of the ministry Isaq Hashi, Somali Football Federation senior vice president, Ali Abdi Mohamed, SFF general Secretary, Hassan Mohamed Mahmoud, SFF head of logistics, Abokar Islaw and the minister’s advisor, Ibrahim Hussein Ali.
As part of its humanitarian program, the Somali Football Federation donated 120 beds and football equipment to the country’s main children’s rehabilitation centre through the Somali correction troops who runs the centre.
The centre holds hundreds of children and teenagers including some from poorer families, children whose parents died in Somalia conflicts and street boys.
For the first time in its football history, the war-weary Somalia has seen FIFA grassroots course being held in the country, an event which is termed as a “historic approach” by the Somali Football Federation which has been operating in one of the most dangerous countries in the world for the past two decades during which the SFF missed beloved volunteer colleagues including its former president Said Mahmoud Nur.
It was 1986 when the last FIFA course was held in Somalia, but the grassroots course is the first of its kind that Somalia gets from the world football governing body.
At least one fan has been killed and 11 others wounded after unidentified assailants threw a hand grenade at a large building where Somali Football fans were watching last night’s Chelsea-Sunderland Premier League clash, government officials told the media Sunday morning.
The biggest graduation ceremony to be witnessed in war-torn Somalia in more than two decades has on Wednesday been held for over 500 students who were taught sport and other important job skills by the Somali Youth League SYL the 2nd for the past six months.
As part of Somali Football Federation’s policy to spread the holding of the peace reviving tournaments throughout all Somali regions, another edition of the competition was concluded in the city of GuriEl in the central Somali region of Galgaduud over the weekend.
According to the region’s football commission chairman Abdirashid Aden Roble 9 teams from different cities in the region took part in the four-week long football for peace competition which was intended to encourage friendship and youth integration in the region which suffered from years of conflicts.
The Somali Football Federation ‘SFF’ has vehemently welcomed the humanitarian assistance from the international Football governing body FIFA which over night on Wednesday announced a donation of USD 1 million in emergency aid in reaction to the humanitarian crisis in Somalia.
In a press release on Thursday the Somali Football Federation said that the FIFA humanitarian donation will help to save hundreds of thousands of lives in Somalia who are currently on the verge of death.