MAREEG.COM- THE SOMALI FOOTBALL FEDERATION has on Tuesday provided cash donations and as well as full sports equipment to its division B and Division C clubs.
Every year, the clubs receive such donation from the SFF, at the beginning of football year to help them promote football since Somalia has no sponsors.
The distribution ceremony of the equipment and the cash donation was held at the Somali Football Federation headquarters on Tuesday, November 4.
The move was part of the SFF’s programme to develop clubs both technically and financially, according to Deputy Secretary General, Hassan Mohamed Mahmoud.
SFF Senior vice president, Ali Abdi Mohamed, added that his Federation has in the past been giving such assistance to it clubs since they don’t have sponsorships.
He said the Division A clubs will benefit from such donation prior to the start of the Nation Link Telecom championship by mid next month.
Somali Football Federation President, Abdiqani Said Arab, who finally addressed at the gathering, said that in accordance with the rest of FIFA-member nations, Somalia was exceptional and the SFF was obliged to financially assist the clubs.
“Both the SFF and the clubs have no sponsors and our football depends of the assistance from FIFA, so we came to decision to assist our clubs who have been playing a big role in the promotion of football in the country” president Abdiqani Said Arab noted.
“For the past two decades the SFF, was helping its clubs, but this time the assistance was bigger than the clubs received from the SFF in the past” the president said adding that the federation was always committed to helping its clubs as much as it could.
Somali FA has been active in chaotic country, where the SFF and its clubs were dependent on FIFA support, as international football sponsoring companies were unable to come.
But now that Somalia is emerging from years of conflicts and the country was able to host FIFA level courses for the second year running, president Abdiqani Said Arab called on international football interested companies to come and get involved in Somali Football.
By Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar