Somalia: the creation of U-17 soccer tourney, a crucial step forward

The launch of the U-17 football tournament in Somalia is a very positive
step taken towards the right direction and it is part of the Somali
Football Federation’s youth development program.

“The main objective for the inauguration of this tournament is to get the
14-16 year olds in the country into a formal football league organized for
them annually. It also gives the National league clubs the opportunity to
produce young talented boys to prepare them for their National league
matches in the years to come” Somali FA president, Abdiqani Said Arab,
said in a press statement on Sunday.heegan

The president added that coaches from the SFF technical department were
tasked to hunt young talented players from the competition which recently
came to an end at Stadium Banadir.

The short-listed boys will go under formal training sessions, to prepare
them for representing the country in the near future international U-17
and U-20 football competitions.

The competition which continued between 25 September to 16 October 2015,
gathered 8 youth clubs representing: Banadir Sports Club, Dekedda FC,
Elman FC,Gaadiidka FC, Heegan FC, Horseed FC, Jeenyo United and Sahafi FC.

Heegan beat their Elman FC rivals in the final match by 5-4 in penalties
after the 90-minute period that it takes to play a football match ended in
1-1 draw.

By Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar
CECAFA Media Committee