Hosts Banadir will take on Jubbaland State in the opener match on Friday December 8, but the opening festival will take place on Thursday according to the time table of the event.
The six teams in the competition are divided into two groups. Hosts Banadir are placed in group A with Jubbaland and Galmudug States, while the Puntland State is in group B with South West and Hirshabelle States.
"On top of Thursday’s opening festival, two U-15 teams from Somali Football Federation’s youth development project will exhibit a friendly match in the day-long opening celebrations” Somali minister for youth and sport, Honorable Khadija Mohamed Diriye told a press conference on Tuesday.
She lauded Somali Football Federation for the high profile organization of the competition saying she is hopeful that the event will leave much interest amongst the people of Somalia inside the country and elsewhere in the world.
"A team of football veterans including former players and former referees have been appointed in the appeals committee for the competition. I would like to thank Somali Football Federation for the good arrangements they made for the competition” the minister said.
Meanwhile, Somali Football Federation donated full equipment to each of the six teams participating in the competition. The minister for youth and Sport Honorable Khadija Mohamed Diriye has been honored b the federation to present the equipment to the teams.
Somali Football Federation Media Department