he Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations [CECAFA] sent a congratulatory message to the president of Somali Football Federation Abdiqani Said Arab for attaining the Football Achievement Award from the president of the federal republic of Somalia H.E Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.
“Dear President Abdiqani Said Arab,I take this opportunity to congratulate you for being honored by the Highest office in the Republic of Somalia. I take pride in the development of football in Somalia under your leadership” CECAFA General Secretary, Nicholas Musonye, said in a message he sent to Somali Football Federation president Abdiqani Said Arab
“I appreciate that during the final of CECAFA Under 17 tournament in Burundi, a big delegation led by political leaders supported your gallant under 17 boys who lost with grace to Tanzania in this unique Cup final. I too commend your boys for lifting the image of Somalia in the international football forum. This victory has changed the face of Somalia and everyone in the region recognises this long earned excellent and transformation of Somalia football” Mr. Nicholas Musonye, said in his message.
The senior football leader said that CECAFA was very excited to learn that Somali president H.E Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has turned his full attention to the development of the game in the growing football nation.
“I wish to comment the President of the Republic of Somalia for recognizing this achievement and I humbly urge him to join hands with benevolent FIFA to support your federation in order to enable you to achieve more success in the region and in Africa in general. I will always wish Somalia well and the victory of the gallant boys should unite the people of Somalia” CECAFA general secretary, Mr. Nicholas Musonye added.For the past 25 years, Mr. Musonye has been closely watching the football situation in Somalia and has always expressed much support and appreciation for Somalia’s football.