Somalia’s General Daa’uud Cup Gets Under Way in Mogadishu

Somali Football Federation (SFF) on Monday inaugurated the General Daa’uud cup competition, the second most populous football tournament in Somalia. Elman FC, a strong football club in the country humiliated its Dahabshiil FC rivals by 4-1 in the opening match at the Somali university stadium on Monday.

Somali Football Federation President Ali Said Guuleed Rooble told the inauguration ceremony of the tournament that his federation gives a great priority to the General Daa’uud cup as it is a memorial event for the founder of Somalia’s armed forces General Daa’uud Abdulle.

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“The first leg of our division A tournament ended on 17th of July and it was then halted because of Ramadan and will be restarted on September 14 so as long as the Ramadan ended and we have three weeks until 14th of September the SFF is holding the General Daa’uud cup in accordance with our annual work plans” president Ali Said Guuleed Rooble told the opening ceremony Monday.

Elman’s striker Mohamed Nur Abdi scored 3 goals for his team in the minutes of 3, 7 and 56 while his colleague Abdullahi Yusuf Osman scored the 4thgoal in the 24 th minute of the first half. However Dahabshiil’s Khaladiin Mohamed Abdulkader scored the lone goal for his team in the 40thminute of the first half of the match.

The competition gathered 12 clubs divided into 4 groups and according to fixtures it will last until September 21st.

Elman, Dahabshiil and Jamhuuriya are in group A, while Sahafi FC and Somali Fruit are in group B with Bariga Dhexe, as the Police club Heegan and Badbaado are in group C with Gasco, while Banadir Sports Club, LLPP and Qodxaaley are in group D.

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.