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With Somalia in preparations for the first FIFA level course to be held in the country, FIFA instructor Ulric Mathiot has arrived in the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday morning where he will be teaching at the 5-day long grassroots course, the Somali Football federation announced in a press statement here on Tuesday.

The plane carrying the instructor landed at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International airport at about 8:00 AM local time this morning, as SFF officials lead by secretary General Abdi Qani Said Arab and deputy president Ali Abdi Mohamed were waiting at the airport since before dawn this morning to welcome him at airport.

“We appreciate instructor Ulric Mathiot, he is well experienced in such career and that is why FIFA is sending him to us for the 3rd time since 2009---we say Mr. Ulric welcome to Somalia and feel at home” Somali Football Federation Secretary General Abdi Qani Said Arab said in a press statement as the instructor arrives in capital Mogadishu.

“The implementation of first FIFA level course in Somalia since 1986 is a clear indication for the return of peace to Somalia---we hope more progress in terms of stability” the secretary General noted in his statement on Tuesday morning.

The FIFA MA grassroots course for Somalia is slated in the capital for 15-19 August and will pave the way for the relocation of Somalia’s FIFA events which used to be hosted in the brother nation of Djibouti for over two decades. “Djibouti will always remain as our second homeland” the secretary General added.

According to Somali Football Federation two other FIFA level courses are expected in Mogadishu next month. They are FIFA MA medical course and FIFA MA beach soccer course.

“Not only the courses but we are also very hopeful that Mogadishu will be able to host our home games as soon as the reconstruction of Banadir Stadium is concluded” Secretary General Abdi Qani Said Arab emphasized.

The implementation of FIFA course in Mogadishu comes after the world’s football governing body recently accepted the demands by Somali Football Federation which requested to host its FIFA events at home nearly 30 years.

 

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Cecafa Press Release- 2/7/2013

The Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (cecafa) withstood and countered negative campaign to successfully stage the 39th Kagame Cup club championship in Sudan. North Darfur and South Kordofan described as "dangerous areas" were chosen by CECAFA to host the oldest club championship in Africa that saw teams pull out citing security concerns, while others followed on political grounds. But the CECAFA leadership led by General Secretary Nicholas Musonye stood their ground and countered all the negative campaign to throw one of the most exciting and successful competitions in the the zone. Two days before the start of the competition on june 18th, there were reports that Kadugli, the South Kordofan City which hosted the colourful opening ceremony was under rebel siege. But CECAFA in their gusto hired a special flight from Khartoum and landed their with three teams on board. After the colourful opening ceremony, the remaining eight teams were flown to El Fasher in North Darfur which hosted most of the matches that eventually concluded on a high scale note on Monday night. "I cannot be claim to be a leader if I cannot take responsibilities and risks. I still maintain that I took the decision to play CECAFA in North Darfur and South Kordofan in good faith. People have said many things regarding this decision, But Idont care because I was doing it for the good of CECAFA and the people of Sudan," Musonye told cecafa News after an exciting cup final and closing ceremony in El Fasher on Monday night. The flawless event was a huge challenge to the CECAFA Secretary General because North Darfur and South Kordofan are hot spots in Sudan and had things gone wrong, the damage to cecafa would have been massive and definitely narrowed down to Musonye. Two teams from Tanzania - defending champions Yanga and Simba were forced out by their Government who claimed tha there was no security in North Darfur. This also saw Zanzibar team prevailed upon to skip the event despite having already arrived in Nairobi enroute to Khartoum. Then Tusker of Kenya claimed that they had been advised that they needed "bullet proof jackets" to walk around in Darfur, all claims Musonye dismissed as cheap and non sporting. On Monday, El Fasher, the ancient city in North Darfur saw the dramatic end to a tournament that united most of Sudan. It brought together eight Governors, several cabinet ministers from Khartoum, while President Paul Kagame cup, the CECAFA patron was represented by Minister of Sports and Youth Protais Mitali. "Am glad this event has ended without any shelling as some prophets of doom had wanted," the Secretary General told the press on monday night. Vitalo of Burundi made history on the colourful night when they beat favourites APR of Rwanda 2-0 to claim their first ever CECAFA title. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
"CECAFA Tournaments are a means of using Sport in general and football in particular to promote peace in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa.– Secretary General"- Nicholas Musonye
"CECAFA tournaments attract a very wide following across East and central Africa becoming one of the successful soccer body" ,Media Correspondent

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