Somalia national football team
The Somalia national footballers team (Somali: Kooxda Qaranka Soomaaliya, Arabic: الاتحاد الصومالي لكرة القدم), nicknamed the Ocean Stars, represents Somalia in international football and is controlled by the Somali Football Federation (SFF), a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Somalia's first national team captain was Mohamed Shangole, whilst its longest serving captain has been Hasan Babay.
|Association||Somali Football Federation|
(Central & East Africa)
|Head coach||Salad Farah|
|Most caps||Yasin Ali Egal (19)|
|Top scorer||Abdullahi Sheikh Mohamed (4)|
|Home stadium||Mogadishu Stadium|
|Current||195 1 (16 September 2021)|
|Highest||158 (April–June 1996)|
|Lowest||203 (April–May 2019)|
| Kenya 5–1 Somalia |
(Mombasa, Kenya; 1958)
| Somalia 5–2 Mauritania |
(Casablanca, Morocco; 7 August 1985)
| North Korea 14–0 Somalia |
(Jakarta, Indonesia; 12 November 1963)
The first Somali football teams were established in the 1940s. The competitions were basic in structure and were associated with the anti-colonial movement. The Somali Youth League (SYL), the nation's first political party, had put together a team of local youth to play against the Italian expatriate teams. The soccer team the FYL had assembled, which would later change its name to Bondhere, won the first several competitions. In 1951, the Somali Football Federation (SFF) was founded. The first Somali commissioner for sport was later established in 1958.
Although the Somali national football team took part in preliminary matches, it has never qualified for the final stages of a World Cup. For many years after the outbreak of the civil war in the early 1990s, FIFA-sanctioned games could not be played within the country. Qualifying matches for the Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup were instead contested away from home. However, following the pacification of the capital Mogadishu in 2011, the SFF began preparations for the first major sporting event to be held in years at the Mogadishu Stadium, in December 2012.
Prior to 2019, the Somali FA decided they would admit to all their young and upcoming youth talents and put out local trials to fortify both Olympic and national football teams.
On 5 September 2019, Somalia won their first qualifying match since 1984 (against Kenya - AFCON Qualifying) and their first-ever FIFA World Cup qualifying match, beating Zimbabwe by 1–0. They nearly advanced to the second round but lost 3–1 in Zimbabwe after two late goals for the warriors, consigning the Ocean Stars to an early exit.
Recent schedule and resultsEdit
The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss
|15 June Friendly||Djibouti||1–0||Somalia||Djibouti City, Djibouti|
|19:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: El Hadj Hassan Gouled Aptidon Stadium|
|Hussein Ali Abdulle||May 1999 – Dec 2000||8||0||1||7||6.3%|
|Awil Ismail Mohamed||Nov 2001 – Dec 2002||7||1||2||4||28.6%|
|Ali Abdi Farah||Oct 2003 – Dec 2005||9||1||0||8||11.1%|
|Daniel Muwathe||Oct 2006 – Dec 2006||6||0||0||6||0%|
|Hussein Abdullah||Oct 2007 – Dec 2007||4||0||0||4||0%|
|Ali Abdi Farah||Sept 2008 – Dec 2009||8||2||0||6||25%|
|Mohamed Farayare||Jan 2010 – Mar 2010||2||1||0||1||50%|
|Yousef Adam||Oct 2010 – Dec 2010||3||0||0||3||0%|
|Alfred Imonje||Oct 2011 – Dec 2011||5||0||1||4||10%|
|Sam Ssimbwa||Dec 2011 – Oct 2013||6||0||0||6||0%|
|Sam Ssimbwa||Mar 2014 – Sept 2015||2||0||0||2||0%|
|Charles Mbabazi||Sept 2015|
|Haruna Mawa||Nov 2016 – Nov 2019|
|Bashir Hayford||Mar 2019 – 2019||7||2||2||3||42.8%|
|Said Abdi Haibeh||December 2019 – May 2021||4||1||2||1||25%|
|Abdellatif Salef||May 2021 – June 2021||0||0||0||0||0%|
|Salad Farah||June 2021 –||2||0||0||2||0%|
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Mustaf Khalib Hussein||1 January 1998||10||0||Oskarshamn|
|22||GK||Hassan Ibrahim Ali||4 November 1996||2||0||Dekedaha|
|20||GK||Abdirahman Jama||4 August 2000||0||0||Elman|
|5||DF||Ahmed Said Ahmed||4 July 1998||8||0||MyPa-47|
|4||DF||Mohamud Ali Mohamed||8 July 1994||8||0||Southport|
|13||DF||Yonis Farah||4 September 1999||6||0||Ytterhogdals IK|
|3||DF||Abel Gigli||16 August 1990||4||1||Rimini|
|6||DF||Liban Abdulahi||2 November 1995||4||0||Þór Akureyri|
|15||DF||Saadiq Elmi Faisal||11 November 2000||2||0||Grorud|
|2||DF||Zayd Farah||12 January 2000||2||0||Perth Glory Youth|
|19||DF||Hussein Dahir||13 September 1997||0||0||Elman|
|8||MF||Abdulsamed Abdullahi||19 January 1997||4||0||Ergotelis|
|12||MF||Mohamed Abukar||10 January 1998||3||0||Brightlingsea Regent|
|14||MF||Isse Ismail||20 April 1999||2||0||Värnamo|
|11||MF||Mohamed Awad||7 May 1994||1||0||Auckland City|
|21||MF||Omar Jama||21 May 1998||1||0||Gnistan|
|10||MF||Ismail Liban||29 July 2001||1||0||Cockburn City|
|7||FW||Hussein Mohamed||20 March 1997||5||0||Haka|
|9||FW||Anwar Shakunda||12 April 1999||5||1||Dekedaha|
|16||FW||Ali Abdulkadir||8 January 1995||2||0||Hilltop|
|17||FW||Fahad Mohamed||7 February 2000||1||0||Atlantis|
|18||FW||Darman Arbi||14 June 2002||0||0||Atletico|
- As of 15 December 2019
- Players in bold are still active with Somalia.
Most capped playersEdit
FIFA World Cup recordEdit
Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit
Olympic Games recordEdit
All-Africa Games recordEdit
African Nations Championship recordEdit
CECAFA Cup recordEdit
Arab Nations Cup recordEdit
Pan Arab Games recordEdit
Minor Tournaments recordEdit
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 16 September 2021. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
- Hassan, Mohammed Sheik (2008). History of Somali football (1938–2007). Scansom. p. 20. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 September 2021. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
- "World Cup qualifying: Somalia national team's history-making driving instructor". BBC News. 8 September 2019.
- "Somalia". National Football Teams.