For the first time in Somalia’s football history, the first football match
in the country will be watched live this week.
All arrangements have been made for the final match of the 2015 edition of
General Da’ud cup, which will be broadcasted live on the Somali National
In the final match, Somali military club [Horseed] will take on their
rivals of Somali police Football Club [Heegan FC].
Somali Football Federation president, Abdiqani Said Arab, described the
first time live coverage as ‘another great step’ taken forward by the SFF
which is now recovering from decades-long unrest and lawlessness.
“It is a breakthrough, we had long dreamed of getting our matches watched
lives. This is almost the realisation of our age-old dreams.
“This will be a test, but if we are successful in this endeavour, we will
try to get our matches go live in the months to come” president Abdiqani
Said Arab, explained.
The president noted that the live coverage will be implemented by the
Somali Football federation with the help from the National Television and
the facilitation from Horn Connect.
“We express our gratitude to the State Television and the privately-owned
Horn Connect for helping our dreams come true. We hope to develop our
cooperation with these two organizations” SFF president, Abdiqani Said
Arab, noted in press statement on Wednesday.
General Da’ud Cup is the second most watched sporting event in Somalia and
it is held every year in the remembrance of the founder of Somalia’s Armed
Forces, General Da’ud Abdulle Hersi.
The late General Da’ud was born in 1924 in the village of Mareeg south
east of the country. He died in 1965, but Somali Football Federation has
been organizing the annual football event since 1972.
General Da’ud Cup Final: Horseed VS Heegan
Venue: Stadium Banadir. Date: 17 December 2015. Time: 14:45Hours, East
Live: To be broadcasted live on Somali National TV [SNTV].
By Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar
Somali FA Media Officer