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Somalia Preps For PAN African Inter-Schools Championship: SFF President

SFF president Abdiqani Said Arab awards the cup. Photo by Omar Ibrahim Abdisalam.

As the SFF Domestic Youth Football League concluded on Friday, November 19, 2021, SFF president, Abdiqani Said Arab announced that the country is preparing for the initial PAN African Inter-Schools Championship. This is a continental youth event that has long been the dream of CAF president Dr. Patrice Motseppe.

Somali Domestic Youth Football League Ends

Also on Friday, Al Hudda Youth team confirmed their title for the 2021 edition of the Somali Domestic Youth Football League. They bested Yaaqshiid youth team 3-1 in the final match of the season. The winners of the previous season, Daru Tarbiya Youth team placed second in this year’s event.

SFF president Abdiqani Said Arab awards the cup. Photo by Omar Ibrahim Abdisalam.
SFF president Abdiqani Said Arab awards the cup. Photo by Omar Ibrahim Abdisalam.

Somali Football Federation first organized the annual youth league in 2016. The world football’s governing body FIFA fully financed the youth competition in the first two years and since then the SFF has financed the youth league from its own budget which also comes from FIFA and CAF, as the SFF financially depends on the duo.

In 2016, the youth event only had 12 teams, but that number later grew to 16 teams represented by boys aged 14-16, as part of the SFF’s commitment to increase youth participation in football competitions in the country. In total, 240 matches were played during the two rounds of the competition which means that the youthful boys were given the opportunity to enjoy more games.

“Since its inauguration, the Domestic Youth League has been an important tool that produced very many youthful and talented players benefited by both the national team and our football clubs” Somali Football Federation president, Abdiqani Said Arab noted, as he addressed at the conclusion ceremony of this year’s edition of the Domestic Youth Football League.

Boys fight for the ball during the last match of the domestic Youth League. Al Huda boys defeat Yaaqshid 3-1 on Friday. Photo by Omar Ibrahim Abdisalam.

Somalia Eyes Pan African Inter-Schools Championship

“Today I have good news for Somali school children, as we are planning to kick start the Somali Inter-Schools championship, to help our country’s school children be fully prepared for the near future PAN African Inter-Schools Championship” SFF president, Abdiqani Said Arab, announced during his address on Friday afternoon.

“This very lucrative initiative was earlier declared by CAF president, Dr. Patrice Motseppe, who said that giving better opportunities to African children was one of his main priorities and in Somalia we are ready to benefit this very important initiative” SFF president Abdiqani Said Arab, noted.

SFF president Abdiqani Said Arab talks about Somalia’s preparations for the upcoming PAN African Inter-Schools Championship as announced earlier by CAF president Dr Patrice Mots. Photo by Omar Ibrahim Abdisalam.

“We want to be one of the first African countries to kick start the program. Thanks to CAF President, Dr. Motseppe, for coming up with a very positive thought,” president Arab added.

Al Huda and Yaaqshid boys. Photo by Omar Ibrahim Abdisalam.
Pan-african inter-schools championship. Photo by Omar Ibrahim Abdisalam.
Ball play. Photo by Omar Ibrahim Abdisalam.

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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