Somali Football Federation in collaboration with the world football's governing body [FIFA] has on Wednesday 14th of December concluded a 5-day grassroots program which was the second of its kind to be held in the country.
course was attended by 21 coaches who were taught lessons about how to educate
children through football and make them love the game. The course was conducted
by FIFA instructor, Ulric Mathiot [Seychelles] assisted by local instructors.
his address at the closing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Mathiot said he
witnessed a lot of football progress in Somalia. From my experience when I first
arrived in Somalia in 2013, I can see that Somalia football is going up. I
would like to acknowledge that Somalia is doing a greater work to develop its
football and I am happy with that great approach” the FIFA instructor said.
continued to say "I saw a team work and that is good for football development.
I always see people working together and togetherness we reach our goals. Course
participants were very determined and in the end I am very happy that they know
what exactly grassroots is and they are now ready to pass their knowledge to
is doing a lot of progress and on behalf of FIFA I would like to announce that
FIFA is committed to developing football in your country” he said adding he was
very pleased to be back in Somalia for the second time in three months.
FIFA instructor said he was fully pleased with how the media in Somalia are
committed to playing their role in the promotion of the game in their country. "I
did conduct such courses in many countries and I have never seen such big crowd
of media representatives. I would like to thank the media for their role” he
football federation senior vice president, Ali Abdi Mohamed urged course
participants to exercise what they learned from the course and try to get so
many children into football as much as they can. "It is easier for people to
learn everything while they are very young than after they have grown up and
that is why the grassroots program is very useful for football development” the
senior vice president said before handing over the microphone to Somali FA president,
Abdiqani Said Arab.
president first thanked FIFA for giving Somalia the fourth opportunity in 2016
during which four different football development courses were held in the
country. He then went on to thank the instructor, Ulric Mathiot for always
accepting to come to Somalia when suggested to him by FIFA.
prefer to come to Somalia, because we know you love our people and I want to
confirm to you that Somali people as love you as much as you love them. We
still need you and we are hopeful that you will be with us in the months and
the years to come” SFF president told the FIFA instructor during his closing
program is where the football development is started from. Without knowledge it
will be very difficult to develop football and to realize our dreams we always prioritize
to increase our football knowledge” the president said adding that Somali FA
was well-satisfied with the courses that Mr. Ulric Mathiot conducted in Somalia
so far. The president said that Grassroots courses at both FIFA and national
levels will continue in the country.
on Tuesday 250 boys between 6-12 years took part in a football festival held at
the National technical centre. During the festival the trained coaches
exercised what they have learned and were practically examined to see how they
were capable of making the children love football.
the first day of the course, these coaches had no idea of what grassroots is,
but now I can see that they benefitted more from the course and they did well
to pass their knowledge to the kids” FIFA instructor, Ulric Mathiot told the
media at the end of the festival.
Somali Football Federation Media Department