Somalis are latest Saudi hook-up in African football

June 8 – The Saudi Arabian FA has continued to gather co-operation agreements with African nations with the signing of a pact with the Somali FA to help Somalia develop grassroots and youth football.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Ali Abdi Mohamed, President of the Somali Football Federation (pictured left) and Saudi Football Federation president, Yasser Almisehal (pictured right), will focus on technical exchange, grassroots football development, and providing additional opportunities for youth national teams to play overseas matches.

“We are pleased to cooperate with the Somali Football Federation, a country with a young population and a great passion for the beautiful game. Despite facing challenging circumstances, Somali football has made remarkable progress recently, as evidenced by their participation in the U17 AFCON 2023 in Algeria,” said Almisehal.

Somalian football is showing strong signs of development following their historic win at the U17 CECAFA championship in Ethiopia in 2022, qualifying them for the U17 AFCON 2023 in Algeria, Somalia’s first-ever participation in an official continental competition.

Abdi Mohamed said: “We feel very proud to strengthen our cooperation with SAFF and benefit from their expertise across Asian and global football. We look forward to us working together to contribute to the development of Somali football.”

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