The president of Somali Football Federation, Abdiqani Said Aab, has concluded Jubbaland State football league for the 2017-2018 Season. A colorful conclusion ceremony was held in the city of Kismayo, about 500 kilometers south of the capital Mogadishu.
The State’s minister for youth and Sport, Mr. Osman Hussein Haji attended the conclusion ceremony during which the winners of the league Kisima Football Team who won the league were awarded with a beautiful trophy, prize money and medals.
The successful end of the Jubbaland Football League has marked a new era of a complete recovery of football in a region that was once well-known for the beautiful game in Somalia.
The president of the Jubbaland Football Association, Mr. Ahmed Farah Taqal who first addressed at the conclusion ceremony, said that 240 players representing eight football clubs competed in the league during which 56 competitive matches were played.
“We have come to the successful end of the 2017-2018 football season of the year and I would like to thank Somali Football Federation for all the assistance they provided us and without the help from the SFF, we couldn’t approach such success” Mr. Ahmed Farah Taqal, said in his address.
“I would like to call on business community in Jubbaland to invest in football, because we all know that football brings peace and helps generate income” Jubbaland football Association president Ahmed Farah Taqal said.
On his side, Somali Football Federation president, Abdiqani Said Arab, stated that the efforts by the SFF over the years have produced a very tangible victory as the Jubbaland State’s football saw a full recovery. “The State’s football league has been held in a very successful way without any sponsorship and this shows that our people love football and are committed to the development of the game” SFF president said.
“What we have witnessed is motivating us and I announce that the SFF will continue education seminars and other development activities in the region, because every year we want to see signs showing that we are going up from where we were in the previous year” President Abdiqani Said Arab, noted.
After the conclusion ceremony, president Abdiqani Said Arab and his delegation together with regional football administrators toured the main stadium in the Jubbaland State to study the situation of the facility. The president also visited the Jubbaland Football Association headquarters.