Somali National Football Team U-23 will face Rwanda in a regional derby at the Amahoro Stadium in the capital, Kigali in what will be the first competitive match for new coach, Johnny McKinstry, who doubles as trainer of the senior team, Amavubis, Somali sports writer Ahmed Mooge told Midnimo.com.
The 29-year old Irish is happy with his charges preparations for the dicey encounter against the Somalis guided by Uganda-born Charles Mbabazi. In Italy-based Bon Fils Kabanda, Solomon Nirisarike of Belgian side, Royal Antwerp and USA-based Yves Rubasha, the Amavubis have a strengthened side to achieve the first leg cushioning at the expense of the Ocean Stars.
Somalia appear ready for the test after managing a lone-goal victory against a select side of foreigners in their domestic league last Monday with Mohamed Ali Ibrahim scoring the only five minutes from time.
The two teams Somalia and Rwanda will meet qualifiers of 2016 Rio Olympic on Saturday, 25 this month of April 2015, and Somali national football team U-23 will travel to the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali,the capital of Rwanda.
Former Sierra Leone head coach Johnny McKinstry last month has been named new Rwanda national football team tactician replacing Stephen Constantine, who resigned in January.
McKinstry will also prepare the U-23 national side that will take on Somalia in the Rio 2016 Olympic qualifier next month as well as the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers that start in October.
Johnny McKinstry who has been a favourite since the four-man shortlist was named new Rwanda national football team last month after he beated Hans Michael Weiss of Germany, Jose Manuel Ferreira de Morais of Portugal and Engin Firat from Germany but origin fromTurkey.
Somali national coach named 20 players of Somali National Football Team U-23 who will face Rwanda next week.
Goalkeepers:Mustaf Khaliif Hussein(Jeenyo) Hasan Ibraahin Ali (Dekadda) Ahmed Qaa’asha (Horseed).
Defenders: Hasan Ali Babaay(Elman) Hasan Afgooye (Elman) Hargaandi (Banaadir SC) Abdullahi Abdirahman Jama (Banaadir SC) C/fitaax Carab (Saxafi FC) Hamza (Jeenyo) iyo Abdikariin Boqori (Heegan)
Midfielders:Mahad yare (Heegan) Hassan Abdi Nuur Hasaasi (Jeenyo) Osman Yuusuf Haajow (Elman) Abaas Amiin Mohamed (Dekadda) Abdikariin Qubaaye (Dekadda).
Bile Muhidiin Buraale (Shafi FC) Sa’ad Saalah Hussein(Elman) Jabriil Hasan Fariid (Heegan) Mohamed Ali Ibraahin Nuunoow (Banaadir SC) and Abdullahi Nuur Ali Agoogoo (Elman).
Fortunate five football stars been ruled out Somali National Football Team U-23 will face Rwanda after they injured and the five stars missed the Somali National Football Team U-23 will face Rwanda are Abdi Aziz Atosh,Abdi Aziz Dhere,Ga’al,Ahmed Abdalla and Meema.
Ahmed Mooge reporting from Mogadishu-Somalia.