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Somali FA Bans Four Ocean Football Stars Members and Club Leaders

Somali Football Federation has banned four members of its national team members from both local and international events for one year starting from today, 6th of October 2013.

Chairmen of two local football clubs Mohamed Dahir Mahmoud (Sahafi FC boss) and Abdullahi Elmi Mahmoud (FC Banadir chairman) have also been banned from football activities for a period of two years starting from Sunday, 6th of October 2013.

The decision was announced during executive committee meeting at the SFF headquarters in Mogadishu on Sunday, after the executive committee listened to reports from competitions affairs committee and the commissioner of FC Banadir- Sahafi FC clash which took place at the Somali University Stadium on Monday 30th of September 2013.

The four junior Somali National team members are Mohamed Hashi Siyad known as (Duufaan), Ali Mohamed Ali, Ikar Dahir Amin and Abdullahi Abdul Salam Sheik (Olow) who all play for Sahafi FC have been banned from taking part in all football-related activities in both locally and internationally which means they will also lose their national team representation chances.

“Referring to the reports by the competitions affairs committee and the match commissioner the executive committee has taken such strong decision and all banned individuals both players and club chairmen will not be allowed to take appeals against the ban,” Somali Football Federation decree noted.

FC Banadir has also been docked points they accumulated from the match. Both clubs committed irregularities against the local league principles and even the international football laws of the game.

Sahafi FC chairman Mohamed Dahir Mahmoud and FC Banadir chairman Abdullahi Elmi Mahmoud were found guilty of committing anti-football behaviour and the four banned players were found guilty of being part of the irregularities committed by the two club chairmen.

“The match commissioner and the competitions affairs committee gathered full evidences showing that both clubs agreed to give chances to each other in a bid to prevent from relegation, while the four players acted accordingly on the field of play,” the SFF decree declared.

The SFF executive committee has praised the Safahi FC coach Ali Mohamed Absuge (Ali Bu) for accomplishing his duties in accordance with the international laws of the game and for respecting the local league principles. Ali Bu is an experienced coach who formerly led the Ocean stars to several international competitions.

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.

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