Somalia: Jeenyo FC wins General Da’ud Cup
Jeenyo Football Club has won the 2016 edition of Somalia General Da’ud cup after beating their rivals of Banadir Sports club 4-1 on penalties in the final match played at the FIFA-rebuilt facility, stadium Banadir on
Banadir Sports Club who are Somalia’s current champions, took the lead of the hotly-contested match in the 40th minute with a goal scored by Kiene Kafunyo [No 14], before Qeys Abdulle Moalim [No 16] made it 2-0 in favor
of Banadir Sports Club just three minutes to the end of the first half.
Jeenyo FC made successive attacks on opponent’s side and managed to come up from behind after Abdi Aziz Mohamed Atosh [No 10] netted the opening goal for his team in the 45th minute, while Mohamed Abdi Nur [No 7] bagged the equalizing goal in the 65th minute of the match.
Howver, Jeenyo FC were lucky to win the trophy 4-1 on penalties after the match ended in stalemate during the normal period that it takes to play a football match plus the extra time.
The final match was watched by Somali FA president, Abdiqani Said Arab, his senior vice president, Ali Abdi Mohamed, SFF executive committee members, club authorities and tens of thousands of spectators.
All matches of the 2016 edition of General Da’ud cup were screened live on Access TV and Mogadishu Cable. This was the first time that all matches of an entire football competition were watched live on Television since
Somalia started to put matches live on TV screens late last year.
General Da’ud Cup is the second most populous sporting event in Somalia after the National football league. The Somali Football Federation has been organizing the annual event since 1972 and it is held in the
remembrance of General Da’ud Abdulle, the founding father of Somalia’s Armed Forces. The late father of Somali Army died in 1965.
This year’s General Da’ud Cup was broadened and contested by 16 football
By Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar
Member of CECAFA Media Committee