Somalia benefits from FIFA refereeing course in Djibouti

With Somali Football family still in shock and sadness, football referees from across the country have on Wednesday sat for five day-long FIFA level MA refereeing course in the brother nation of Djibouti.  A colourful opening ceremony has been held at the Djibouti FA technical centre where the course will be under way until it ends on the 22nd of April.

Referees attend course

The opening ceremony started with praying for the former SFF president Said Mahmoud Nur and former Somali NOC president Aden Hajji Yeberow Wiish who were killed in a suicide attack in Mogadishu earlier in the month.

Somali Football Federation secretary General Abdi Qani Said Arab who first addressed at the opening ceremony thanked the government, people and the football Federation of Djibouti for their precious hospitality and hosting of all Somali courses and home games in their territory.

“Somalia is very much grateful to FIFA who always allowed us to hold our courses and home games where ever we want and this is the country we have preferred because it is our second home land” the Secretary General told the ceremony adding that FIFA had paid great efforts and money to help Somalia football work despite lawlessness and lack of a functioning government in Somalia for more than two decades” the secretary General emphasized.

“On behalf of Somali Football family I announce here in front of you that Somalia was very grateful to the world of sport for sharing with us the sadness over the deaths of our beloved colleagues” he noted adding that the world sport from FIFA, CAF and IOC to the regional body of CECAFA have all showed solidarity with Somalia in all difficulties.

 He praised the FIFA instructors and the Cairo RDO officer for coming to teach Somalia for the second time. “The FIFA instructors are not new to us, they have been here with in March 2010---we hope them to be with us during our future courses too” he said adding that his federation was very happy to see such high profile instructors teaching Somali referees again.

FIFA RDO officer in Cairo Ahmed El Shenawi on the behalf of FIFA praised the Djibouti Football Federation for always hosting the Somali courses in its country without any preconditions. “This shows that the bilateral cooperation between the two federations had already grown enough” El Shenawi told the opening ceremony.

He said that FIFA and Somali Football federation had spent much time, energy and money to the implementation of the course as part of the FIFA refereeing development program.

“You arrived from your home to learn and who ever looks for learning will once arrive to the top, so I am encouraging you to do more efforts to reach the highest level as referees---we really appreciate to come to you once again and your authorities told you appreciate us too” El Shenawi added.“ Next year we hope to give you the course in Mogadishu if Allah wills” he said.

The president of Djibouti Football Federation Hussein Fadoul Dabar noted that his federation follows behind the footsteps of Djibouti president Ismail Omar Guelleh who spends most of his time in helping his Somali brothers and looking for lasting peace to the war-devastated nation.

“I think we did nothing for you, because here is your second country and we are fulfilling our duties—feel here as Mogadishu, come and do all you want here” president Hussein Fadoul emphasized.

Somali Football Federation senior vice president Ali Said Guled Roble added that Somalia will always remember the brotherly help from Djibouti in such difficult times.

 “The real brother is that shows solidarity with you during hard times” he said thanking the Djibouti FA for the constant hospitality and FIFA for the continuous support to Somalia.

Somalia’s acting ambassador to Djibouti Abdirahman Mohamed Hirabe told the opening ceremony that since April 4 tragedy the government and Football Federation officials in Djibouti have been showing solidarity with his diplomatic mission and were all saddened with the death of Somali sporting officials.

“As I witnessed here in Djibouti everyone was shocked by the sudden death of our colleagues so what I can tell you is that the whole city of Djibouti was mourning for days as Mogadishu did” the acting ambassador noted before announcing the course was open.

FIFA instructor Joseph wellington and FIFA fitness instructor Boubakar Hannachi are conducting at the course while FIFA RDO officer in Cairo Ahmed El Shenawi is inspecting how the course is being implemented.





Tanzania to revive FA Cup next season

Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has decided to revive a knockout system FA Cup championship come next season 2012/2013.
According to TFF Acting General Secretary, Sunday Kayuni the winner of FA Cup will be representing Tanzania in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Orange Confederation Cup starting 2014 season.
The decision to revive the championship which was last held 2001 is the result of recommendations made by TFF’s Competitions Committee in its recent meeting as one of the area talents can be identified.
Player’s registration for the teams wishing to feature in the tournament will ago along with normal registration window as indicated in the Federation Calendar of Events for 2012/2013 season.
Teams of all level from Premier League to district level has right to compete in the tournament upon meeting set criteria whereby those qualified will pay participation fee of US dollars 120.
He said TFF through its Marketing Department is working hard to secure sponsor for the tournament which for the moment had locked out non league teams.
The Federation is also hoping that through FA Cup national team coaches all categories (senior- Taifa Stars, U23, U20- Ngorongoro Heroes and U17- Serengeti Boys) will have wide spectrum to look for new bloods.
For now national team coaches depend on Premier League to get their selects while Copa Coca-Cola tournament is there for Serengeti Boys team.

CAF maintains disqualification of Ugandan champions from Champions League

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has maintained that last week’s disqualification of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Football Club from the 2012 Orange Africa Champions League will stand. 

Mujib Kasule, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) Vice President in-charge of the League told Cecafa News today after returning a few hours from the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt that the African football governing body said it was too late to change their stand.

Kasule said they had a good meeting with the CAF Secretary General Hicham El Amrani on Tuesday and explained to him why the Ugandan representatives had failed to travel to Mali for the second tie against Djoliba. URA failed to travel to Bamako, Mali for security reasons after the Mali government had been overthrown.The FUFA official explained that they had explained to El Amrani the circumstances which forced URA not to travel and to make them aware that the team did not simply fail to travel because they had lost the first leg 2-0.

Kasule said the CAF official had made it clear that the disqualification of URA could not be changed, but advised that he would forward all explanations to the Competitions Committee which will meet between May1-3 in Cairo.

Together with the URA club secretary Henry Mayeku, the FUFA official traveled to Cairo to try and convince CAF to change their decision on kicking out URA and also survive other further sanctions. But Kasule said he hopes their explanations will deter CAF going ahead to further sanction the Ugandan League champions.

According to the CAF rules if a team fails to travel for a game, they are disqualified, suspended for three years, pay a US$1,500 fine and also compensate the team meant to host them for the profits they would have realized if the game took place.


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The CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup is the oldest football tournament in Africa. It is a tournament of FIFA and the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA), and includes national teams from Central and East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Zanzibar, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi and Djibouti)

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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

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