Football tournament after twenty-three years… A remarkable day for Somali people!

Marian Hassan
Posted December 18, 2010 from Somalia

On Wednesday, 15 December 2010 hundreds of spectators were taking their seats in the Mire Awale Stadium (in Garowe, the capital city of Puntland, Somalia) to witness the launching ceremony of the Somalia’s football completion. The last match was held before twenty-three years which was in 1987. fifteen regions out of the eighteen regions in the country participated in the competition.

The stadium which is so huge was filled with spectators who were waving the Puntland state’s flag as well as the Somali republic’s flag.

By the time it reached 2:00 PM in the horn of Africa hour, the festival started by letting each one of the fifteen regions participating in the competition to enter the stadium waving the Somali flag and the specific symbol that each region is prominent.

Puntland president Dr. Abdirahman Mohamed Faroole was leading the High ranking Puntland government officials whom were present in the stadium, also representatives from the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia were also present.

The art team of the Puntland stars sang national songs while the drumlines never stopped beating their drums and also singing the Somali national anthem.

Mr. Faroole stated that holding this cup was meant to bring the Somali community closer and to work on the development and restoration of the Somali nation. The president indicated that this was a remarkable day for all Somalis wherever they are.

After the welcoming speech, Puntland President Dr. Faroole headed to the stadium Mire Awale where the ball was placed and kicked it while announcing that the tournament had officially commenced.

Sa’id Mugabe – coordinator of the Somali football committee also presented a short speech, expressing his gratitude and pleasure for the great work done by the Puntland government and its community.

While football teams from the south and central Somali are celebrating with their counterparts in Puntland state and the match is going on, heavy shells are still hitting the houses and public community spaces in Mogadishu and its surrounding cities.

The main question is once the match is over and the football players from the south and central Somali go back to their homes will they be safe out there?!

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  • warona
    Dec 22, 2010
    Dec 22, 2010

    Dear Ruun Abdi,

    This is so amazing,after 23 years! Oh you people have lost a lot,just imagine Africa cup of Nations, we want to see you in these competitions.Here we cant live without football.We calebrate all the time in our stadiums across the country.And our president love it his people are involved in sport.But the day was colourful and beautiful with the people.

    Why? what held you from playing this sport?

    I wish you and your country men all the best as you take your rightful position in football after 23 yrs.May boys and men carry on their lagacy.

    Thanks for Sharing Ruun

    All the best


  • Marian Hassan
    Dec 24, 2010
    Dec 24, 2010

    Dearest Warona,

    Thanks alot for the great comment and been the first to read and comment ma post. Actually we do held football competitions but within the state which covers 212510 square killometers (roughly one-third of Somali'as geographical area) and hosts a population estimated to be 3.9 million....

    Because of the lack of the central government it wasnt so easy to host such events and take care of everyone's safety... upto now everyone was kinda of not so sure wether Puntland can host such event and can really secure all the enterences and it really turned to be reall and we/everyone was so happy after all those years now people got the opportunity to meet and play together.

    fifteen out of the eighteen regions in the country are partaking the competition and everything is going smoothly, its really a dream came true!!!

    Warmest regards.

  • Usha K.C.
    Dec 22, 2010
    Dec 22, 2010

    Dear Ruun, Though it's after long gap finally people did enjoy seeing football match. It really matters for all to get together and to make good change in country too . My wishes always.

    keep sharing .

  • Marian Hassan
    Dec 24, 2010
    Dec 24, 2010

    Dear Usha,

    Thanks for taking time to read ma post and leaving such a great comment yeah its really amazing isn't it???. Although sport competition between the regions within the state used to hold but it has never happened to participate the whole country its really wonderful to gather teenagers who never had the opportunity to see eachother let alone to play together.


  • Pushpa Achanta
    Dec 24, 2010
    Dec 24, 2010

    Thanks for the powerful writing and lovely pictures, my dear. Salutations to the players, organizers, supporters and all others involved.

    Continue the wonderful work!

    Love, Pushpa

  • Marian Hassan
    Dec 24, 2010
    Dec 24, 2010

    Dear Pushpa,

    Thank you so much for the great and inspiring comment.

    Peace and love.