Thursday, August 15, 2013
Djibouti will host its first regional football tournament for members of the Indian Ocean Commission for Youth and Sports (CJSOI), Djibouti Football Federation President Souleiman Hassan Waberi said in a press statement Tuesday (August 13th).
Djibouti's under-17 team is preparing for the tournament in January, Waberi said, adding that an under-20 team will be formed from Djibouti's CJSOI participants, who train with the intention of forming a national football team.
"The young shoulders who will represent Djibouti in the historic tournament were prepared under our youth development program which we started last year in the aftermath of the new leadership of football in Djibouti," Waberi said.
Also on Tuesday, Ulric Mathiot, an instructor from the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), arrived in Mogadishu to give the first FIFA-level course in the country in nearly 30 years, Somalia's Radio Risaala reported.
"The implementation of the first FIFA-level course in Somalia since 1986 is a clear indication for the return of peace in Somalia," said Somali Football Federation Secretary General Abdi Qani Said Arab. "We hope more progress in terms of stability."