Banaadir Defeats Elman By 1-0

The defending champions, Banaadir Telecom on Friday afternoon defeated Elman FC. It was the first failure of Elman since Somalia’s 2010-2011 division soccer championship resumed in the capital in January.

Friday’s match was the last game of the first leg for both teams. For Elman FC, it could have been a record for them if they were successful in the match. It was their first defeat since January 21st.

Today’s match was like ‘do or die’ for Elman who wanted to win and end the first leg of the tournament unbeaten. But it missed that golden chance after Banaadir Telecom’s Striker Adil Nur Ali scored in the 90th minute of the match.

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Before the match kicked off, vice president of Somali Football Federation Ali Said Guled Rooble urged both teams to show fair play and exhibit good performance to the thousands of spectators who came to the stadium to enjoy the game.

“As known in the history of Somali Football, we have always beat Elman and this is what I have already been expecting. I am very grateful to my boys,” Banaadir Telecom’s second coach Abdirahman Moalim Ahmed {Taree} told the press.

“Although we have lost many golden opportunities in the early days of the championship, then I am very hopeful that we are on the way of recovering from the past wounds,” the young coach told reporters.

The match attracted the eyes of thousands including the president of Somali National Olympic committee Aden Hajji Yeberow and Somali Football Federation first vice president Ali Said Guled Rooble.

The match was officiated by former international referee Abdi Abdulle Ahmed {Baasale} who mostly officiate prominent games. He was assisted by Osman Abdi Osman and Qasim Sheik Mahmoud. While former international referee Hassan Sheylilah Adde was the match commissioner.

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Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar is the NewsBlaze Somalia reporter. Shafi’i has extensive experience in journalism, international relations, and football management. He is the founder of Somali Sports Press Association, a long-time sports journalist and a member of the International Sports Press Association.

Shafi’i has a Master’s Degree in international Relations obtained at De Montfort University in Leicester and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Multimedia journalism from the University of Northampton. The photo shows Shafi’i in action while at CAF Centre of Excellence in Cameroon.