Somalia has got one step closer to writing a history after Ocean Stars have defeated Burundian rivals 1-0 in their 3rd group stage match, but last for Burundians during a competitive game at Startimes Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Omar Abdullahi Mohamed netted the golden goal for Somalia just five minutes to the end of the first half of the match which attracted large crowds of Somali fans.
With their victory, Somalia now have four points and will face Eritrea in their last group stage match on Sunday 15th December at 13:30hrs east Africa time. Eritrea have six points meaning that it will be do or die for Somalia as the only option for them is to defeat Eritrea to ensure their place in the semi-finals if Djibouti draws with Uganda or lose to them.
In September this year Ocean stars made a history after winning their first ever world Cup qualifier clash against Zimbabwe, while they are now very close to writing more history if they promote to the semi-finals on Sunday. Thanks to national team manager, Said Abdi Haibeh, for spending much time and energy to recruit Somali footballers from across the world to represent their homeland.
Somalia’s deputy ambassador to Uganda, his excellence Jibril Afyare and Somali Football Federation executive committee member and head of the delegation, Abdisamad Sheik Qasim were watching Fridays’ Somalia clash against Burundi.
“We deserved such a victory and I am very proud of our flag carriers. The boys did well to represent our great nation in their utmost and I am confident they will be able to make it to the semi-finals and beyond” Somalia’s deputy ambassador to Uganda his excellence Jibril Afyare, told journalists.
Somali Football Federation Media Department