Somali Football Federation president, Abdiqani Said Arab, said that Monday’s match was mainly intended to pave the way for Somalia’s long-standing ambitions of hosting international matches at home.
“Last year a dozen foreign players were here, but this year the number has doubled and we are hopeful that more others will arrive for the next season” Somali FA president Abdiqani Said Arab said.
“The stay of foreign players in the country will also encourage our players to have an ambition to play outside homeland”. The president continued to say.
At the moment, the expectations are high in Somalia where peace is slowly returning after more than two decades of bloodshed and lack of a functioning government. A number of local football clubs are now planning to hire foreign coaches; a move that SFF believes will make football in Somalia more ‘tasteful’.
In Somalia, there are currently nearly 20 foreign players including some from Kenya, Uganda and as far as Nigeria.