Ocean Stars Highly Welcomed in Dar Es Salaam

Members of Tanzanian football federation and other well wishers have received the Somali national football squad at Dar es Salaam airport on Thursday afternoon, before Saturday’s CHAN qualifying clash against Taifa stars.

The plane carrying Somalia’s Ocean stars landed on Dar es Salaam airport at about 12:45PM local time and upon arrival Somali coach Mohamed Abdulle Farayare who talked to reporters gave details about how his team was prepared for the upcoming clash against Tanzania.

Coach Farayare denied the recent media reports that Somali team had intensively trained in South Africa, saying that the squad had never been in South Africa.

“We have prepared and trained this team in the restive Somali capital Mogadishu, it was very laughing matter to me when I heard that some media outlets had quoted the Tanzanian assistant coach as saying that Somali soccer squad was trained in South Africa” coach Farayare told reporters.

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“Although Somalia is not safe and we work under hard circumstances, then I am more confident that my boys who grew up in the chaotic country will be able to crash their Tanzanian counterparts and score victory” the coach stated.

However the match between Somalia’s Ocean stars and Taifa stars of Tanzania will be played on Saturday at the Uhuru stadium In Dar es Salaam as a one-off tie, since Somali football federation cannot host international matches in the war-devastated country.

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.