Somali President Hassan Sheik Mahmoud shakes hands with the match commissioner and former FIFA referee Abdi Abdulle
Mogadishu, Somalia (AFRICASPORTS.NET) – Although they were shocked by an early goal from their opponent’s side, the semiautonomous Somali regional state of puntland clinched a great victory after defeating Jubaland state rivals 5-3 on penalties to lift the country’s first ever Inter-state football competition on Tuesday.
Jubaland made huge celebrations in the 4th minute of the match when Fua’d Mohamed Yusuf [No 10] scored a beautiful goal to give his side a very early lead of the final match which saw thousands of spectators.
The Puntland side made successive attacks on their opponent’s goal and in the 35th minute of the match they made their equalizing goal from Farah Dahir Farah [No 7].
None of the teams was able to win during the normal time that it takes to play a football match plus the extra time as the match ended up in stalemate.
Somali President Hassan Sheik Mahmoud holds the trophy as Somali FA senior vice president Ali Abdi Mohamed is seen on the right PHOT BY CECAFA MEDIA
International football referee Hassan Mohamed Haji had officiated the match which was termed as the most-competed match since the event was inaugurated nearly two weeks ago.
However, Puntland team was crowned the winners of Somalia’s first Inter-state football tournament after defeating Jubaland 5-3 on penalties.
The president of the federal republic of Somalia Prof. Hassan Sheik Mahmoud who came to the stadium at the invitation from Somali FA was greeted and welcomed to the stadium by Somali Football Federation senior vice president, Ali Abdi Mohamed along with other SFF officials.
Puntland team celebrate the trophy of the first inter-state football tournament in Somalia on Tuesday 26 July 2016 PHOTO By CECAFA MEDIA
The president of the federal republic was very pleased to present the trophy to the winning team and announce the successful conclusion of the first Inter-state football tournament in Somalia.
President Hassan Sheik Mahmoud, was accompanied by his Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali, the minister for youth and sport Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan and key other government officials.