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CAF president arrives in Somalia

Ahmed Ahmed the new president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) gives a press conference in Marrakech during his visit to Morocco on March 28, 2017. Photo by FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
by Shafi'i Mohyaddin Abokar, Member of Cecafa media committee
MOGADISHU, April 18, 2017 - The president of African football’s ruling body, Ahmed Ahmed, arrived in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Monday and was set to spend one night in the country. The CAF president is expected to demand for the withdrawals of African Union troops from the country’s national soccer facility, Stadium Mogadishu when he meets with Somali Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Kheyre, later on and the day.

The president and his delegation including executive committee member Souleiman Hassan Waberi and Mohamed Thabet was received at the airport by Somali FA president, Abdiqani Said Arab, Minister for Youth and Sports, Khadija Mohamed Diriye, Minister of National Security, Mohamed Abukar Islow, Minister of Information, Adirahman Omar Osman and members of the SFF executive committee.

During his official visit to the country, CAF president will visit the Country’s three main stadiums and will address members of the national team who are currently in training prior to their departure to Djibouti to face South Soudan in the preliminary round of African Nations championship qualifiers.

CAF president, Ahmed Ahmed, has become the highest-ranking football leader ever to arrive in Somalia and his arrival in the country is seen as an encouraging step for the football-loving country which is now recovering from decades of wars and unrest.
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