Ali Abdi Mohamed, the Somali Football Federation’s (SFF) recently elected president, has pledged that the organization will participate teams in many more international tournaments to give players greater exposure.
On February 22, 2023, Abdi Mohamed was chosen to serve as the SFF’s new president during an elective General Assembly held in the nation’s capital, Mogadishu.
The new Federation President has made it plain that they are prepared to modify a number of things in Somalia to ensure football flourishes in the nation after FIFA President Gianni Infantino thanked Abdi Mohamed and his new executive in a message dated March 3, 2023.
The country’s youngsters would have more possibilities thanks to the expansion in local football contests, the country’s new president made clear.
A multitude of international, continental, regional, and friendly competitions will be played, he added. The AFCON U-17 competition, which will be held in Algeria next month, is our first mission in order to get Somalia involved in the international calendar, said Abdi Mohamed.
According to him, in this new chapter, Somali players would have the chance to compete in Olympic, Arab Cup, FIFA World Cup, Africa Cup of Nations, and many other Zonal CECAFA events qualifiers.
“Because we are in a new period, we will require the full cooperation of both the public and private sectors. The Somali Football Association must actively foster working connections with local businesses since sponsorships are essential to the growth of the sport, he continued.
Also, he expressed gratitude to FIFA, CAF, and the Somalian government, headed by Prime Minister His Excellency Hamza Abdi Barre, for ensuring the success of the SFF elections.
I want to express my sincere gratitude to FIFA and CAF for helping to maintain stability in Somali football. As they are our main financial backers and without whom we couldn’t have played the game in Somalia, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank them for their kindness towards Somalia, said Abdi Mohamed.