Published: November 14, 2011
Thousands of Somalis Welcome Country's Football Team to Addis Ababa
By Shafi'i Mohyaddin Abokar
Thousands of cheering and chanting Somalis have occupied the streets in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa as the Somali National Football team landed at the Addis airport on Sunday afternoon.
The Jubilant fans holding up the blue Somali flag and carrying wet leaves have been standing along the road linking the hotel where the team was based to the airport since early morning.
"Somalis wake up! Wake up and unite always! Help the weak ones among you," the jubilant Somalis were announcing.
Ahmed Ali Hassan a leading figure in the Somali community in Ethiopia told the media that his community was very sorry for the draw game yesterday.
"Now we want to beat them at home and we have high hopes although in football you can win or lose," the community leader said.
"Today Addis Ababa became like Mogadishu. You can see Somalis waving our flag everywhere. We pray to Allah to give us the upper hand," he noted.
On Wednesday the 16th of November the Somali National team will encounter its Ethiopian counterpart in the second leg of the preliminary round of the 2014 FIFA world cup qualifying clashes.
Shafi'i Mohyaddin Abokar is the NewsBlaze Somalia reporter. Contact him through NewsBlaze.
Please click this
button to be notified about future stories, and please leave a comment below.
Please leave a comment here If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page
Bahraini government did what was needed after the events of 2011 when Western media created an impression that legitimate aspirations were suppressed.
According to Secretary Kerry, gender-based violence is a global issue. In fact, it is a problem in every country around the globe, including the United States.
Camp Liberty: Iraqi security forces install new cameras in Camp Liberty for more accurate reconnaissance to inflict more casualties in future attacks.
According to Ambassador Pressman, the US believes that enhanced focus on good governance by the countries of the region is essential.
21 Nobel laureates in physics, chemistry, medicine and economy speak to the international community in a damning statement expressing their abhorrence of the attacks.
Helping the poor is a good thing, but helping them to get into deeper trouble than they are already in may be good for business for some charities.