MOGADISHU,May 31,2011 - The Djibouti school soccer training center on
Sunday won the week-long football tournament played in the Somali Capital
Mogadishu for children between under 15 years of age drawn from eight football
According to the Somali Football Federation
technical director Awil Ismail Mohamed the competition was meant to test the
skills of the children based at the training centers, reopened by Somali
Football federation in October last year. The training camps were closed at the
end of 2009 due to violence in the capital which lead to looting of some
During Sunday’s final match, boys from the school
Djibouti soccer training center humiliated their rivals from Somali Political
science University center hosts of the youth football tournament by 3-0.
“Now we have known the result of what we have been
doing for the past several months—I see that the young boys are making
development day after day and this is encouraging us to redouble our job,” said
Somali Football Federation technical director Awil Ismail Mohamed.
The coach of school Djibouti’s winning team Hassan
Ali Rooble was thrilled with the win. “My dreams really came true and I am very
grateful to my boys who played well,” the coach told the media.
Somali Football Federation vice president Abdullahi
Abow Hussein said that similar youth competitions will be held quarterly in a
bid to encourage young boys at the training centers.
“You have shown a very good exhibition with high
tactics and I am congratulating you on the success you approached” the Somali
FA vice president Abdullahi Abow Hussein said as he was presenting the cup to
the captain of School Djibouti Center team
The eight youth training centers in the
government-controlled side of Mogadishu are holding at least nine hundred
youths of different ages including former street boys and former child soldiers
who were rehabilitated by Somali Football Federation.