updated 1:42 PM MDT, May 28, 2017

Somalia:Somali FA concludes youth refereeing course


    24 young referees complete training course in Somalia
    The officials will take charge of games in domestic youth league
    Second course of its kind in the African country in six months

The Somali Football Federation (SFF) recently concluded a successful youth refereeing course conducted under FIFA's guidance. In total, 24 young referees passed in all sessions of the training course and were awarded with their certificates. The officials will now prepare for the 2017 edition of the domestic youth football league which is scheduled to kick off later this month.

This was the second course of its kind that FIFA has overseen in the country in the past six months, with significant progress made at the initial session in November 2016.

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We are ready to host international games, says Somalia's PM



Somalia national team training

The Somalia Prime minister Hassan Ali Khayre has expressed the need for his country to host international football matches again after improved peace and security in the war torn country.

Khayre was addressing the newly elected CAF President Ahmad Ahmad following a key note visit over the weekend.

He assured the Government’s commitment’s towards the development of football and support for the youth to promote peace and reconciliation in the country.

The Prime Minister requested CAF to allow Somalia host international matches on their territory, other than playing in neighbouring Djibouti.

    The Federal Government of Somalia guarantees peace and security of football officials and players coming here for football games.

    As is the case with people all over the world, Somalis are also entitled to enjoy football and support their national teams as well as watch other teams play here.

    The Government has shown the ability to have peace and security in the country through football.

For a long period now, insurgencies in Somali propelled CAF to shift their international matches to Djibouti.

He also expressed gratitude to their neighbours, Djibouti, who have allowed Somalia to host matches on their soil, describing their neighbours as the second home.

     We feel as if we are in our second country and we thank them for their warm hospitality, but we have a right to play at home.

CAF President Ahmad appreciated the Somali Prime Minister and assured that CAF will do its best to promote peace in Somalia through football.

Somalia will host South Sudan in the first round of the CHAN 2018 qualifier this coming weekend in Djibouti.

Harunah Mawa, a Ugandan is head coach working hand in hand with Moses ‘Ugoboss’ Oloya as goalkeeping coach.

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11 versus 0 with Arrigo SACCH








There is an anecdote dating from 1989 that neatly encapsulates the com
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plex and revolutionary work of Arrigo Sacchi. Ahead of that year’s Eu
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ropean Cup semi-final, Real Madrid sent an observer to AC Milan’s train
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ing camp with the intent of spying on the Italians and learning more
about Sacchi’s successful tactics. The baffled delegate sparked great con

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THE INTERVIEW “ I try not to watch the World Cup matches” Angel Di Maria



In 2014 you helped Real Madrid become
European champions for the tenth time but
then had to leave the club. With Argentina you
reached the Final of the World Cup in Brazil
but missed their last two games because of
injury. On balance, would you say it was a
bittersweet 12 months?
Ángel Di María:
No, no
... I’m very happy
about what happened. Aside from injuries,
which can afflict anyone, I achieved big
things, like winning
la décima
with Madrid
and helping Argentina reach the World Cup
Final after many years. Then there was how
we got there – showing immense desire and
bravery with a spectacular group of players.
It was well deserved and I was more than
satisfied with what we accomplished.
If you had to single out one moment from
2014, what would it be and why?

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Stars and staying power carry Elephants to final

Led by superstar Yaya Toure, Côte d’Ivoire’s golden genertion now have one final opportunity to be crowned African
champions.
I
t is said that quality will always prevail in the end, and that has certainly been
the case for Côte d’Ivoire's impressive array of stars at this year’s Africa Cup
of Nations in Equatorial Guinea. In their quarter-final against tournament
favourites Algeria – the strongest of the African sides at last summer’s World
Cup – Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony scored two headers while new
club team-mate and four-time African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure added
another from a free-kick. The reward for this display was a semi-final against
DR Congo, where Bony provided two assists in a 3-1 win. Toure fired in a magnifi


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