Banaadir Region to Play in Somali Regional Cup Final on Friday

With Somalia’s 18th regional football tournament for peace and development getting near to conclusion, players from Banaadir region where the capital Mogadishu is located have been confirmed to play in the final match on Friday. The team has defeated the host team of Nugaal region last Tuesday afternoon.

The contested match ended in 1-1 draw in the usual 90-minute period of the game. However, Banaadir region team defeated its Nugaal region opponents by 5-3 in penalties after the extra time ended in the same draw.

“This was the most difficult match I officiated since the regional tournament started just two weeks ago,” said Somali international referee Abdi Abdulle Ahmed popularly known as (Baasaale) who officiated the match.

International assistant referees Mohamed Hassan Fidow and Saleh Omar Abokar were the 1st and the 2nd assistant referees of Tuesday’s match. While the match commissioner was former international referee Ali Mohamed Ahmed.

On Friday afternoon, the Banadir regional team will play against the successor of either regions of Bari or the southern Lower Jubba region which will compete in the semifinal match on Wednesday afternoon.

Likewise the the losing team ser of tomorrow’s match and Nugaal will be on Friday . Both team will compete for the third place of Somalia’s 18th regional football tournament for peace and development.

The football tournament is the first of its kind held in war-ravaged Somalia since 1987.

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.