The children aged between 9-15 years, had the opportunity to talk about their future expectations in football, when they met with Somali FA president, Abdiqani Said Arab, his deputy Ali Abdi Mohamed and other Somali FA senior officials during a working visit to the Anatolia Education Centre on Wednesday.
"These boys always ask me when they will exhibit at Banadir Stadium, so your arrival here is an opportunity for them to talk to you about their needs in football and what they would like in the future” Anatolia School chancellor, Mr. Abdulkader Mohamed Hirabe told the visiting Somali Football federation (SFF) officials during the visit.
SFF senior vice president, Ali Abdi Mohamed, praised the Anatolia School management for the role they are playing in the country’s football promotion, adding that it was SFF’s main policy to add football education into school curriculum.
All boys raised up their hands, when the president asked anyone who wants to be a professional footballer to raise up their hands, an indication that shows the popularity of football amongst the people of Somalia.
The president was accompanied by his senior vice president, Ali Abdi Mohamed, Secretary General Hassan Mohamed Mohamud, Deputy Secretary General Ali Mohamed Ahmed, assistant secretary General Aweys Ahmed Jimaale and executive committee members Mustaf Elmi Afrah and Osman Jama Diraa.
Launched more than two years ago, the Anatolia Education Centre signed a cooperative deal with Somali Football Federation early this year. This was part of the expansion of SFF’s grassroots and youth programs to schools throughout the country.