Somali Minister Jubilant At Local Football Progress

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After watching the whole 90 minutes of a hotly-contested match of Somalia’s 2012 soccer championship, the country’s State minister for youth, sport labor and social affairs Abdullahi Sheik Ali told the media that he was fully satisfied with the tangible football development despite years of conflicts and lawlessness in Somalia for more than a decade.

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“Today I am feeling great happiness because of the local football progress in Somalia-I know our football has suffered from the big setbacks caused by the long-running civil wars in Somalia, but despite all those difficulties football in my country is on the way to a greater development and I am happy with what I have seen since I was appointed as state minister for sport several months ago,” the State minister Abdullahi Sheik Ali told the media at the Somali university soccer stadium on Tuesday.

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The state minister once again called on Somali business companies in and outside the country to invest in the development of football as the country is recovering from the past wounds caused by one of the most ravaging wars in the world for more than two decades passed.

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“Actually I am very cheerful to see Somalis playing soccer and such big number of fans arriving at stadiums-it has been long time since I didn’t see such number of football fans coming together” added a well known Somali diplomat and Ex ambassador Mohamed Ahmed Alim who said it was the first time for many years that he set eyes on such large number of people assembling to watch a football math in the war-devastated Somalia.

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Tuesday’s hotly-contested match between Heegan and Horseed ended in 2-2 draw although Horseed were leading the match most of the time. Horseed’s Isse Mohamed Osman scored the first goal for his team in the 39th minute of the first half, while Abdi John scored the second goal in the 46th minute of the match making it 2-0 with Horseed in the lead.

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In the 85th and 89th minutes of the second half Heegan’s Jibriil Hassan Fariid and Deq Abdullahi Nur scored two goals for their team and as a result the match ended in 2-2 equality.

Hamza Hajji Abdi has officiated the match while, Aweys Nur Ahmed and Ahmed Abdullahi Farah were assisting him and Mohamed Ali as the fourth official.

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Shafi'i Mohyaddin Abokar is the NewsBlaze Somalia reporter, an experienced journalist. Shafi'i writes news stories, features and sends photos relevant to the current situation in Somalia.Shafi'i is also an international sports journalist and member of the international sports press association AIPS.He is a long-time sports journalist and reported from many international competitions including the Olympic Games.The photo shows Shafi'i at London 2012 Olympic Park.