Somali Football Federation director of communication, Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar has once again gained a full praise from the African Football Governing body [CAF] and was termed as the best football federation media officer in the continent.
Speaking at the capacity building seminar for media officers from CAF member associations held 18-20 December 2016 at CAF centre of excellence in Cameroon, CAF executive committee member and the president of CAF media committee, Mr. Anjorin Moucharafou said that CAF was fully appreciating the work by Somali FA communication officer.
“Today I want to talk about someone that I don’t know personally, but I like the way he handles his job. I am not sure if he is here, but he is the media officer of Somalia Football Federation. He does a good job and CAF is happy with that” CAF executive committee member and the president of CAF media committee, Mr. Anjorin Moucharafou said.
“Now you have been appointed to work at the TOTAL Africa Cup of Nations as a media officer and I am sure that the good job you are doing will one day take you to a higher position at the continental level, because at CAF we admire your dedication” CAF executive committee member and the president of CAF media committee, Mr. Anjorin Moucharafou told the Somali FA communication director when he saw the Somali FA official sitting in front of him.
“I want every media officer in Africa to work harder as Shafi’i is doing in his country and as well as Djibouti because CAF wants every media officer to be a good example” Mr. Moucharafou said.
On his side, CAF media director, Junior Binyam, commended the Somali FA director of communication, Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar, as the most active media officer in Africa. “Shafi’i has been doing a tremendous job that made CAF to be well-aware of the football development in Somalia more than any other country and that is because of his job” Mr. Binyam said.
“As you know CAF awarded Somali FA president Abdiqani Said Arab in January 2016 as the best African football leader of the year and that is be because of what Shafi’i has been doing. CAF wouldn’t know how well the president was managing football development in Somalia but it was his media officer, Shafi’i who always reported to CAF about the progress in Somalia” Mr. Binyam said in his address.
He said that some football federations in African even don’t have media officers adding that it was very important for FAs to employ full time media officers.
“From 2017, it will be mandatory that every football federation in Africa must have a media officer” Mr. Binyam said adding that media officers are important machines for the federations and must attend all executive committee meetings. “They are not decision makers, but they should know everything withing the federation as they speak on behalf of the federations” he said.
By Omar Wardere.
Somali Football Federation Media committee member.