Thursday 06th of February 2014

CECAFA welcomes Somali President’s announcement to encourage football PDF Print E-mail
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Referring to Somali president’s commitment to support football development in the country, the council of east and central Africa football associations (CECAFA) has vehemently lauded for Somali president’s comprehension of football’s importance for peace and integration in the war-weary country.

CECAFA secretary General Nicholas Musonye who wrote to Somali Football Federation noted that peace in Somalia was encouraging the regional body to take one of its youth competitions to Mogadishu in the soonest time.

“Dear SFF Secretary General, this is a wonderful and excellent work you are doing for Somalia, I am pleased to note that you have brought the youth of Somalia together through football” CECAFA secretary General Nicholas Musonye said in a letter he sent to Somali Football Federation Secretary General Abdi Qani Said Arab on Wednesday.
“I want to encourage you to continue doing such very professional work, that so far helped Somali youths come together and forget the past wounds caused by the long-running lawlessness in Somalia---as I believe we shall be able to come to Somalia as CECAFA family for one of the youth competitions very soon” indicated CECAFA secretary General Mr. Nicholas Musonye who was in the past seen as an icon for the search of peace and stability in Somalia through football for peace programs.
This is the 3rd time in this year alone that Mr. Nicholas Musonye is announcing that he was fully appreciating in taking CECAFA competitions to Somalia to try to turn the world’s attention to the CECAFA-member nation to help it heal the damages from one of the world’s most notorious anarchy and wars what lasted more than two decades.
“I want you to communicate my sincere appreciation to the top leadership of Somalia for supporting your programmes and more especially HE the President of Somalia Professor Hassan Sheik Mahmoud for attending your match on Tuesday—I would like to ask Somali football Federation to convey my greetings and best wishes to the president of the Nation of Somalia” CECAFA Secretary General Mr. Nicholas Musonye said in his letter to Somali Football Federation.
On the behalf of the east and central Africa regional football governing body, Mr Nicholas Musonye noted that CECAFA was very much appreciating Somali president’s announcement that he will support and encourage football in his country

“The president’s speech was a testament that the leadership of Somalia recognises the power of football as a tool to bring the people of this beautiful country together. Kindly continue with your great programmes and many thanks for keeping the world updated of your activities” CECAFA secretary General Mr. Nicholas Musonye said in his letter he sent to Somali Football Federation which also carried a message of greeting and appreciation for Somalia’s president Professor Hassan Sheik Mahmoud.


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