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    Mogadishu to Host Somalia Inter-State Football Tournament

    The second edition of Somali Inter-State football tournament has been shifted from would-be hosts, The Jubba land state to the capital Mogadishu, Somali Football Federation confirmed.

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The second edition of Somali Inter-State football tournament has been shifted from would-be hosts, The Jubba land state to the capital Mogadishu, Somali Football Federation confirmed.




Following a letter from the southern Jubba Land State dated on 29th of November which stated that the regional state was unable to host this year’s event due to lack of adequate resources, Somali minister for youth and sports, Honorable Khadija Mohamed Diriye, the football federation chair president Abdiqani Said Arab and sports ministers from the federal states convened at a lengthy meeting on the evening of Wednesday November 29 and finally agreed that the tournament be hosted at the FIFA-refurbished Stadium Banadir in the capital Mogadishu.

"The competition will gather six states and all teams are expected to be ready in Mogadishu on December 3. The inaugural edition of the competition was held in July last year and this will be the second year running we are organizing this very interesting football event” Somalia's Football president, Abdiqani Said Arab, said in his statement.
The president explained why it was important for the Somali Football body to organize the tournament. He said that hunting talented players from the participating teams, peace building, football development across the country and encouraging nationwide youth integration, are some of the main objectives for the organization of the competition.
On her side, Somali minister for youth and Sport, Honorable Khadija Mohamed Diriye, said that her ministry has done everything possible to have a beautiful competition done.
"As a minister, I am here to play a key role in the development of our sport. The leader of the country, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre are passionate about the game and are always on our side in all our endeavors towards the development of sport and youth empowerment in Somalia” Honorable minister Khadija Mohamed Diriye, said in anther release. "I would like to thank TIS+ for its full support” the minister said.
However, so far it has been confirmed that this year’s edition of the tournament will be shown live on local televisions.
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