SOMALIA EXPRESSES DESIRE TO HOST INTERNATIONAL MATCHES

Prior to his audience with the Somali President, the CAF President was received by Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre.

The latter 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”, he added.

He also expressed gratitude to their neighbours, Djibouti, who have allowed Somalia to host matches on their soil.

“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,” concluded Kharye.

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

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football

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