SOMALIA’S NATIONAL Football Squad [Ocean stars] were invited to a well-organized luncheon held at the Somali embassy in Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa over the weekend.
Somali ambassador to Ethiopia, Ahmed Abdisalam Haji Aden, and consular Abdirashid Sheik Said organized the honor lunch in a bid to encourage the team who will battle against Niger on October 9, in the first leg of the preliminary round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Somalia’s ambassador to Ethiopia, Ahmed Abdisalam Haji Aden, who addressed the team said that the embassy will organize logistics for Somali fans in the country to help thousands of Somali community members in Ethiopia get to the stadium on the day of the Somalia-Niger match.
The ambassador commended the Somali Football Federation authorities for taking the correct decision to camp the team in Ethiopia for a month-long altitude training which he said will be beneficial to the team’s endurance.
Others who attended the luncheon were: Somalia’s head of delegation and SFF executive committee member Yahye Mohamed Abukar, SFF Deputy Secretary General, Ali Mohamed Ahmed and former footballers including Nur Amin.
SFF Deputy Secretary General, Ali Mohamed Ahmed, praised ambassador Aden and his diplomatic mission for organizing such a moral boost event for the national team members.
By Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar
CECAFA Media Committee