The iconic program started with a football match during which gate collections were made to raise funds as part of the plans to assists the blind people in the country.
The Somali Football Federation also provided the Somali Blind people’s association with symbol canes, as part of the SFF’s humanitarian program for the disabled people within the community.
The president of Somali Football Federation, Abdiqani Said Arab, said that the fundraising and other support programs will continue. "Every year during the country’s Nation Link Telecom Championship, the gate collections from the two most-watched matches will be donated to the Somali blind people’s association” Somali Football federation president, Abdiqani Said Arab, said in a press statement on Sunday.
"We must show the disabled people that they were not forgotten and they should have the right to live in a better life and get what other people are receiving” said the president who urged local business companies and the entire people of Somalia to generously help the people with disabilities.
At the launch of the humanitarian program, Somali Football Federation organized a football match during which a fundraising was made for the blinds. The match was competed by two of the strongest clubs in the National league, Banadir Sports Club and Heegan FC. The match ended in 2-2 draw, but Banadir Sports Club won the trophy by 4-3 in penalties.
The chairman of Somali Blind People’s Association, Bashir Mohamed Jimaale, who talked to the media after the launch of the special assistance program, thanked Somali FA authorities for their understanding to help the blinds.
"The gate collections made for us today will help us a lot. We are also very grateful to the Somali Football Federation for providing us with symbol canes. This is a very huge moral boost for us” said Bashir Mohamed Jimaale, chairman of Somali Blind People’s Association.
Somali Football Federation Media Department