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Former Sofapaka, AFC man Harry Gentle playing leading role in Somalia

High flying Jeenyo are the only leading team in the league without a foreign player. On Sunday they had taken the lead ahead of Heegan after a 1-0 win over one-time biggest club in Somalia, Horseed


THE biggest match of the first half of the Somalia NationLink Telecom Championship soccer league ended in 0-0 draw on Tuesday between giants Heegan and Banadir on Tuesday in Mogadishu.

Heegan are now tied on 20 pts and at top of the 10-team log with Jeenyo while No. 3 Banadir are four points adrift.

Harry Gentle, the Nigerian who played in the Kenyan Premier League [KPL] for Sofapaka, AFC Leopards and Muhoroni Youth has a leading role in Heegan [a Somalia Police outfit] which also has two other Nigerians.

Pale shadow

High flying Jeenyo are the only leading team in the league without a foreign player. On Sunday, Jeenyo had taken the lead ahead of Heegan after a 1-0 win over one-time biggest club in Somalia, Horseed. But Horseed are a pale shadow of the club that stood toe-to-toe with the best in Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations [Cecafa] Club Championship. In fact, 1977, they reached the final in Dar es Salaam but lost 1-2 to Luo Union of Kenya.

Horseed are struggling in the current Somalia league and after the opening half’s nine matches they are third from bottom of the table with seven points from two victories and one draw and have lost six times.

SOMALIA NATIONLINK TELECOM [CHAMPIONSHIP] LEAGUE:

FOREIGN PLAYERS:

Heegan FC:

– Mohamed Zubairu – (Nigeria)

Samsoniyke Chukwu – (Nigeria)

Harry Gentle – (Nigeria)

Banadir SC:

Marcel Odhiambo Oyugi – (Kenya)

Maxwell I Mustapha – (Nigeria)

Thomas Patrick Gichobi – (Kenya)

Elman FC:

 Martin Elungat – (Uganda)

Eddie Ntaabazi Mubiru – (Uganda)

Ivan Mugisha – (Uganda)

Sahafi FC:

Ambrose Mumo – (Kenya)

Dekadda:

Zubeir Yossuf Oduori – (Kenya)

Mattias OKoro Ogbokiri – (Nigeria)

Gaadiidka:

Lehman Meheso Mwenza – (Kenya)

TABLE:

Heegan 9 6 2 1 18 20
 LL-PP Jenyo 9 6 2 1 13 20
 Banadir S.C 9 4 4 1 5 16
 Elman FC 9 4 4 1 4 16
 Sahafi FC 8 3 3 2 3 12
 Dekedda 8 3 1 4 -3 10
 Somali Fruit 9 3 0 6 -14 9
 Horseed 9 2 1 6 -9 7
 Gaadiidka 8 2 2 4 0 5
 Savaana 8 0 1 7 -17 1