Honorable Khadija Mohamed Diriye, said that her ministry together with Somali Football Federation had done everything to have a high profile competition adding that this year’s tournament is well-developed in comparison with last year’s inaugural edition.
She mentioned that a team of football veterans have been named on the appeals committee of the tournament, adding that this will help the smooth going of the competition. former Ocean stars players in 1960s Prof Muse Mohamed Nasir who doubles as vice president of Somali Sports Press Association and Haji Mohamed Ahmed Olow are the top profile names in the appeals committee.
"The ministry is leading this competition, but we couldn’t have done anything without Somali Football Federation whose job is to develop the game in Somalia. They have embraced everything relating to football administration and technicality” the minister said adding that the SFF had also donated full sporting equipment to the participating states. She said that there is a very healthy cooperative relationship between the ministry and Somali Football Federation, who had joined hands to promote the game.
"I would like to thank the Mayor of Mogadishu Thabet Abdi Mohamed, for accepting to host this competition which I am sure is a very huge event. When Jubbaland State said they were unable to host the tournament due to lack of resources. Mayor of Mogadishu embraced to host the event within minutes, so he is fully praiseworthy and we appreciate his commitment to the game” the minister for youth and sport Honorable Khadija Mohamed Diriye, said in a press conference at Stadium Banadir on Friday.
The minister for youth and sport, Honorable Khadija Mohamed Diriye, explained that regulation of the competition is in line with the SFF and International football rules and regulations.
Somali Football Federation Media Department