Mareeg.com-CECAFA, the council of east and Central Africa Football Associations said that the election of Abdiqani Said Arab as the football Federation president of Somalia was a very good decision, praising the Somali Football stakeholders for their constructive decision making.
The secretary General of the regional Africa football governing body Mr. Nicholas Musone made the announcement in an interview with Football Journalist Mohamed Abdi Mudey. The interview was conducted as follows:
Q: Mr. Nicholas Musonye, what is your general view about the election of Somali Football federation which brought a new president Abdiqani Arab into power?
A: Thank you very much my brother, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the congress of Somali Football Association for the peaceful elections and even electing Abdiqani Said Arab as the New President of the Federation, I have known Mr. Abdiqani for the last 24 years, as a hardworking person and honest and I believe he is experienced person, he has been in the football administration for a very long time.
He is also member of CECAFE executive committee working with us. I believe that the Somali people and the congress made a very good decision to elect him as the football federation president; I congratulate him and the people of Somalia.
Q: Do you think that Abdiqani Said Arab will lead Somali Football into more development in both locally and internationally in the years to come?
A: Obviously he has the knowledge and the capacity to lead Somali Football in the next four years and after and it is very sure that more success will be gained under his leadership.
Q: As you know Somalia has a historic football facility, the stadium Mogadishu which has been destroyed during civil wars and currently based by AU troops, what is your reaction about that?
A: I would like that the new leadership of Somali FA to work with the government on a way they can use the facility and if possible to relocate the AMISOM soldiers from the stadium.
Interviewed by Football journalist Mohamed Abdi Mudey
Somali Football Federation Media Department