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Elman defeat Horseed as expanded Somalia league kicks off in Mogadishu

Ten-team championship inaugurated before packed crowd at Banadir Stadium as foreign players flock in


THE Somalia football season kicked off on Friday to a rousing welcome in a packed Banadir Stadium in Mogadishu.

Two traditional giants clashed to signal the start of the Nation Link Telecom Championship with Elman defeating Horseed 3-2.

The level of preparedness by the teams this season is remarkable on top of the fact that the league will comprise 10 teams, up from eight of last season.

Enthusiasm

The Somalia Football Federation [SFF] President, Abdiqani Said Arab, on his first term in charge said the game had grown, the enthusiasm increased among spectators and backing by sponsors was unprecedented.

“A total of 19 foreign players, representing six clubs, are playing in the league this year, attracting even more interest among followers,” Said Arab pointed out.

Publicity

“We can only be doing something good if we can attract foreign professionals,” he added.

The expansion of the league in the country’s most popular sport event is a sign of the implementation of pledges made by Said Arab when he was elected SFF President just three months ago.

Ahmed Abdi Dini, managing director of Nation Link Telecom whose organisation is partnering SFF said it was a great publicity for his company.

Welcome

“The co-operation between SFF and Nation Link Telecom dates back to 2007. We have genuinely joined hands with the SFF in the promotion of football in our country,” Dini said.

Said Arab urged other businesses in Somalia to follow Nation Link’s footsteps by joining hands with SFF in the promotion of football for peace in the country.

“On the behalf of SFF, I would like to invite all Somali-owned companies to come and display their businesses here without any pre-conditions, because we want them to feel how football is stronger to promote their businesses.”

– Additional reporting by Somali Football Federation Media Department