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The Somalia national football team nicknamed ocean stars represents Somalia in men's international football. It is controlled by the Somali Football Federation (SFF), and is a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Somalia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Ocean Stars
AssociationSomali Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCECAFA
(Central & East Africa)
Head coachBashir Hayford[1][2]
Most capsOmar Ibrahim Abdulkadir (11)
Top scorerMohamed Ali Osman (1)
Home stadiumMogadishu Stadium
FIFA codeSOM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 202 Increase 1 (14 June 2019)[3]
Highest158 (April–June 1995)
Lowest207 (April–May 2018)
Elo ranking
Current 203 Increase 2 (20 July 2019)[4]
Highest126 (1973)
Lowest207 (2015)
First international
1951[5]
Biggest win
 Somalia 5–2 Mauritania 
(Morocco; August 7, 1985)
 Djibouti 1-4 Somalia 
(Djibouti; January 6, 2019)
Biggest defeat
 North Korea 14–0 Somalia 
(Indonesia; November 12, 1963)

Contents

HistoryEdit

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 football squad the SYL 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 the 2019 year, the Somali FA decided they would admit to all their young and upcoming youth talents and put out local trials to fortify both strong olympic and national football teams.

In addition, alot of the Somali Diaspora in the past has produced quality football players such as Islam Feiruz and Mukhtar Ali.

CoachesEdit

 
Head coach Charles Livingstone Mbabazi, having talks with the players during a training session.
Name Nat Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Efficiency %
Qi Wusheng   1978–1979
Klaus Ebbighausen   1980
Hussein Ali Abdulle   May 1999 – Dec 2000 8 0 1 7 6.3%
Awil Ismail Mohamed[6][7]   2004–2005 5 0 1 4 10%
Ignacio Gonzalez   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%
Mohammed Shidane   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%
Callum Cawkwell[8][9][10]   Nov 2013 – Mar 2014 3 0 0 3 0%
Sam Ssimbwa   Mar 2014 – Sept 2015 2 0 0 2 0%
Charles Mbabazi   Sept 2015
Haruna Mawa[11]   Nov 2016 – 2 0 0 2 0%

Recent resultsEdit

 
The national team doing drills as part of preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Competitive recordEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Somalia played their home leg in Djibouti due to the Somali Civil War.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ admin (2019-03-13). "Bashiru Hayford appointed as National Head Coach of Somalia". The Spot Of Latest Trending News And Leaks. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  2. ^ "Ghana's Bashir Hayford confirmed as Somalia coach". 25 March 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  3. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  4. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 20 July 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  5. ^ Hassan, Mohammed Sheik (2008). History of Somali football (1938–2007). Scansom. p. 20. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Somali-FA-technical-director-Awil-Ismail-Mohamed - Somchess.net". somchess.net.
  7. ^ "Kenya/Somalia: Don't Write Off Somalia, Says Coach". 14 November 2002 – via AllAfrica.
  8. ^ "Somalia v Zambia, 04 December 2013". 11v11.com.
  9. ^ "Somalia v Tanzania, 01 December 2013". 11v11.com.
  10. ^ "Burundi v Somalia, 28 November 2013". 11v11.com.
  11. ^ Isabirye, David (5 November 2016). "Mawa beats Isabirye to Somalia head coach job". Kawowo.com. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Sextet start race to Kenya 2018". CAF. 20 April 2017.

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