The ten-day long Futsal tournament which was intended to encourage peace and youth integration in Somalia has successfully concluded at the Raghe Ugas school field in Mogadishu on Saturday with boys from Waberi district winning the trophy after defeating their Wadajir distcirt rivals by 2-1 in the contested final match.
The final match attracted the attention of many including officials from Somali Football federation, Somali Athletics federation and delegates Somali Diaspora community in UK.
There were also other athletics competitions held for young women including 100meters run and relay race. The young women who were also members of the SYL 2 students were representing their districts in the capital during the competition.
Somali Athletics Federation vice president for international relations Abduillahi Mohamed Saneey and Abdirahman Mire praised the youth group for its efforts in peace- building efforts through sport.
“I actually see some major developments here. It is unimaginable that the SYL 2 group has achieved more than can be done by such youth group,” Somali Athletics federation vice president for international relations Abduillahi Mohamed Saneey told the media at the end of the monthly competition.
Abdirahman Mire, one of the driving forces of the Leicester stars sports club said the old SYL was the group of young people who scored Somalia’s independence in 1960.
“Somalia is currently experiencing a difficult era. You play take a great role in in peace-building. I am sure that the positive job you are doing will help more in peace-building and guiding the Somali youths to the right direction,” Mire told the media during a colorful ceremony in which young girls were presented medals for their victory in the relay and 100 meters running competitions.
The Waberi district boys will receive their trophy by the end of the month during the group’s monthly workshop.
Farah Hajji Ali a senior SYL official said his youth association is intended to educate more than 1000 Somali youths in sport, mechanics, tailoring and computer by the end of the year.
“We want them to be professionals in these different fields so that they may be able to serve the country and people in the near future,” Farah noted.
He added that SYL’s programs are prioritizing two sectors which are to fight against youth unemployment and protecting young people from being monopolized by war-mongers and terrorists in the country.