Somalia’s coach names squad ahead of AFCON 2023 qualifier

Somalia’s coach names squad ahead of AFCON 2023 qualifier



Somalia’s new head coach Hendrik Pieter De Jongh has named a provisional squad that will start preparations ahead of the preliminary round of qualifiers for the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 qualifiers.

The Somalia team will face Eswatini in the preliminary round of the qualifiers next month.

The Somali Football Federation (SFF) has announced that the team mainly, most of them foreign-based players, will camp in Dar es salaam, Tanzania where they will also play their home matches.

Somalia cannot host games at home because they have no Stadium cleared by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). They had hope to use the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi to host the Eswatini team, but were also advised by CAF to look for another venue.

Somalia is expected to host Eswatini between March 20-23, while the return leg is scheduled to take place between March 27-29th.

The other teams from the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) that will battle in the preliminary round of the qualifiers include; Eritrea, Djibouti and South Sudan.

The six winners in the preliminary stage of the qualifiers will advance to the group stage to join the 42 teams which enter directly


Mustaf Yuusuf (Oskarshamn, Sweden), Ayub Ahmed (Minnesota FC U-21, USA), Abdirahman Jama Elman SC (Somalia), Zayed Farah (Australia), Abel Gigle (FC Folgore Caratese, Italy), Saadig Elmi (Grorud IL, Norway), Ahmed Said Ahmed (Myllykosken, Finland), Abdikadir Haji (Colorado Sring, USA), Mohamed Hussein Curka (Onsala BK, Sweden), Omar Hussein (Korsnas FF, Canada), Yonis Farah (Eskilstuna, Sweden), Ahmed Ali (Halesowen Town FC, England), Abdi Mohamed (Columbus Crew, USA), Liban Abdullahi (Thor Akureyri, Iceland)

Others: Omar Jama (IF Gnistan, Finland), Abdisamad Abdullahi (Ergotelis, Greece), Isse Ismail (IFK Haninge, Sweden), Abdiqafar Cise Ismail (SomUnited, Sweden), Anis Nuur (Hendo FC, England), Darman M. (Atletico Ardsia, UAE), Abdulkadir Said Ahmed (Vanta VJS, Finland), Fahad ismail (Jonava FC, England), Hussain Mohamed        (PK 35, Finland), Jama Boss (St. Albans, Australia), Amin Askar (Kristiansund, Norway), Mukhtar Suleiman (Katwijk, Holland), Ibrahim Ilyas (Horseed FC, Somalia), Abdi Aziz Eenow Dahir (Una, Holland), Mohamed Awad  (Auckland City, Turkey), Said Haji (San Jose Earthquakes, USA).

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