Somalia: East and Central Africa Football Association Mourns Over Killing of Football Coach

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Tuesday May 23, 2017 - 14:16:35 in Latest News by Local News Desk
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    Somalia: East and Central Africa Football Association Mourns Over Killing of Football Coach

    MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Council of East and Central Africa Football Association [CECAFA], has expressed its deepest condolence following the killing of a football coach and the injuries of two footballers in Somalia on Monday.

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CECAFA General Secretary Nicholas Musonye. | File Photo
MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Council of East and Central Africa Football Association [CECAFA], has expressed its deepest condolence following the killing of a football coach and the injuries of two footballers in Somalia on Monday.
"I am deeply sorry for the sad news of the shooting incident outside Mogadishu which claimed the life of the coach and injury on two players” CECAFA General Secretary Nicholas Musonye, said in his condolence letter sent to Somalia FA president, Adiqani Said Arab on Tuesday.
 
"I send to you and the families of the victims my message of condolence and courage. It is sad for such incident to happen when Somali FA is really trying all their best to build a strong football culture in the country” Mr. Musonye said.
 
"CECAFA shares with you this sad moment and would like to condemn the perpetrators of the heinous act” the condolence letter reads.
 
The fatal shooting outside Mogadishu late on Monday afternoon, claimed the life of Bariga Dhexe Football Club assistant coach, Yusuf Ali Heydar and wounded two of Elman Football Club footballers, Omar Moumin Daahir and Abdullahi Mohamed Mayow.
The footballers were returning from a short trip to the town of Afgoye which is about 30 kilometers south of the capital when they accidentally came under fire near Elasha Biyaha district, outside Mogadishu late in the afternoon.
Somali Football federation said it was very sorry for the death and wounds of football family members. "Somali Football Federation [SFF] is sharing the painful experience with the family of the slain coach. We pray for the quicker recovery of the two players” SFF statement carried.
"The players were traveling on a private car, not a team bus as some media outlets reported” Somali Football Federation, said in a statement on Monday evening.
"The footballers were not targeted, because as a football family we are not in fight with anyone and this tragedy was accidental. The media should look for what is accurate and they have to contact the concerned people if they are unsure of what to report” the SFF statement read.
Somali Football Federation (SFF) called on the federal government of Somalia to conduct further investigations into the gunfire.
"The two players are suffering from serious wounds. We kindly ask our government to help get top medical care for the wounded” SFF statement said.


- SOMALI UPDATE ONLINE -


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