The competition which was intended to encourage the integration of children from different ethnic communities in London area and giving the children a chance to practice their football skills was financed by the Enfield council and co-organized by the Rap-aid who team was beaten in the final match by the U-12 Somali children.
"It was really a very interesting
tournament which attracted over 3000 spectators mostly parents, friends and
football-loving fans of whom some arrived from long distances in the UK” Somali
Football Federation Administrative representative Dr. Abdi Olad Rageh told the
media at a post tournament press conference Saturday.
"Taking advantage from this golden
opportunity I would like to thank the Enfield council for its continued efforts
and support to help us continue the promotion of football here and in
particularly the creation of talented Somali children who have good future in
football and we are hopeful they will be able to represent Somalia in the
future U-17 international competitions” added Dr. Rageh who also thanked the FA
for contributing referees to help the smooth going of the tournament.
The Somali children gave their Rap-aid
FC rivals a 2-1 home defeat in the final match of the U-12 children’s event on
Saturday 18th of May, but however the second Somali children’s team
of U-11 years of age have been eliminated in the semi-final.
"The U-11 children showed highly
appreciated performance and they were recognized as the best team in their
event, but they were unfortunately defeated by 4-3 in penalties in the semi-finals”
said Somali Children’s coach Abdalla Mohamed Isse, an East London University
student himself Somali U-23 National team member.
"On behalf of Somali parents here in
north London, I announce that we are very grateful to the young age coach who led
our children gain such publicity—I am extremely happy today, because I see my
11 year old son Hashi having a trophy and a medal dangling from his neck”
said Ayan Hashi, a mother of one of the victorious Somali children.
Meanwhile, Somali Football Federation
has fully lauded for the victory approached by the Somali children who are
expected to represent their country in future international youth competitions.
"We are really very much pleased with
the good news coming from the Enfield council-organized tournament which Somali
children won the trophy—we thank the Enfield council, the FA and all those who
helped in the organization of such big event” noted the Somali Football Federation secretary
General Abdi Qani Said Arab who was reached for comment.
The secretary General praised the work
of white Star youth Association, the Lordship Rec FC, parents and all those who
are involved in the promotion of football among Somali expatriate children.
Somali Football Federation Media Department