Somali Football Federation has unveiled huge development program aimed at improving football power in the once ‘Islamist Hub’ regions south of the country, particularly the Lower Jubba region bordering with Kenya, where football influence has returned so far, the SFF revealed in a press statement here in Mogadishu on Monday.
According to the statement by SFF Secretary General Abdi Qani Said Arab, the development plans for the southern regions were approved by the Somali Football Federation executive committee during its meeting at its headquarters in the capital Mogadishu.
“The development programs we have drawn for southern regions will compose of sports administrations courses, refereeing and coaching courses, these giant tasks are schedule to be accomplished some time before mid this year” Somali Football Federation Secretary General Abdi Qani Said Arab noted in his Monday’s Press statement.
He said the significant courses will gather scores of football volunteers from several regions in the zone 1 area, south of the country, but the recently-elected chairman of the football committee in Lower Jubba region Mr. Burhan Mahmoud Hassan accepted to host the development courses in the provincial capital Kismayo, just 500 kilometres south of the capital Mogadishu.
“In one respect this program is part of our policy to encourage peace and public integration through football for peace and in the other respect they are part of our ‘spread the football’ initiative which has so far been carried out in different regions” the statement added.
“Due to insecurity, SFF activities were indirectly taking place in some southern regions and that is why all regions were able to take part in the regional football tournament for peace and development we held in the Puntland state of Somalia in December 2010” Secretary General Abdi Qani Said Arab noted in his statement on Monday.
This will be the first such football-related course to be organized in the zone regions for nearly ten years, according to Somali FA secretary General Abdi Qani Said Arab who mentioned in his statement that due to insecurity the SFF wasn’t able to directly reach the regions before now.