Somalia qualifies for CAF U 17 second round

Saturday April 24, 2010 - 14:16:09
Shaafici Muxyidiin
The Somali National U 17 football squad has qualified for the second round of African youth qualifying match, after a hotly contested game between Kenyan-Somali youngsters ended in 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon.

Kenya needed a 2-0 win to eliminate Somalia which humiliated Kenya 3-1 in the first leg of the competition which took place in Djibouti on April 9 and with today’s draw Somalia has promoted for the second round of the CAF youth championships.

The match was due to take place at the Kasarani stadium in Nairobi, but was later transferred to the Oserian stadium in Naivasha due to unidentified reasons.


The head of Somali delegation Amir Abdi Hassan who talked to reporters after the game ended said that they were based at a hotel which is very far from the stadium and they traveled just 90 kilometers to the stadium before the game kick off on Saturday.


“Praise be to Allah this is a tangible success for us, because we have eliminated them from the competition, although we were playing minus one” the head of Somali delegation said.


“In the 40th minute of the first half of the game Mohamed Hashi siyad was given the red card and that didn’t disappoint my boys, they redoubled their efforts and as the result the game ended in draw” he added.


Mr. Amir said that the atmosphere was very cold, but the Somali youngsters who were committed to qualifying for the second round made every possibility to upgrade their flag and the name of Somalia.


In the next round Somali U 17 will face Egypt, a leading football power in the African continent on August 27 this year. The 2011 CAF U 17 competition will take place in Rwanda next year.



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