Somalia national football team

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Nickname(s) The Ocean Stars
Association Somali Football Federation
Sub-confederation CECAFA
Confederation CAF
Head coach Sam Ssimbwa
Asst coach Ali Abdi Farah
Captain Vacant
Home stadium Mogadishu Stadium
FIFA ranking 23 Decrease 1 (17 July 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 18 (April 1995)
Lowest FIFA ranking 24 (November 2013)
Elo ranking 31
First colours
Second colours
First international
Biggest win
Somalia Somalia 15-2 Mauritania 
(Morocco; August 7, 1985)
Biggest defeat
 North Korea 4–1 Somalia Somalia
(Indonesia; November 1, 1963)

The Somalia national football team (Arabic: منتخب الصومال لكرة القدم‎), nicknamed The Ocean Stars (Arabic: نجوم المحيط‎), represents Somalia in men's international football. It is controlled by the Somali Football Federation (SFF), and is a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA).


The first Somali football teams were established in the 1940s. The competitions were basic in structure, and were associated with the anti-colonial movement. The Somali Youth League (SYL), the nation's first political party, had put together a team of local youth to play against the Italian expatriate teams. The football squad the SYL had assembled, which would later change its name to Bondhere, won the first several competitions. In 1951, the Somali Football Federation (SFF) was founded. The first Somali commissioner for sport was later established in 1958.

Although the Somali national football team took part in preliminary matches, it has never qualified for the final stages of a World Cup. For many years after the outbreak of the civil war in the early 1990s, FIFA-sanctioned games could not be played within the country. Qualifying matches for the Africa Cup of Nations, the Arab Nations Cup and the World Cup were instead contested away from home. However, following the pacification of the capital Mogadishu in 2011, the SFF began preparations for the first major sporting event to be held in years at the Mogadishu Stadium, in December 2012.[2]


Name Nat Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Efficiency %
Hussein Abdullah Somalia May 1999 Dec 2000 8 0 1 7 6.3%
Awil Ismail Mohamed[3][4] Somalia 2004 - 2005 5 0 1 4 10%
Ali Said Gouled Somalia Nov 2001 Dec 2002 7 1 2 4 28.6%
Ali Abdi Farah Somalia Oct 2003 Dec 2005 9 1 0 8 11.1%
Daniel Muwathe Kenya Oct 2006 Dec 2006 6 0 0 6 0%
Hussein Abdullah Somalia Oct 2007 Dec 2007 4 0 0 4 0%
Ali Abdi Farah Somalia Sept 2008 Dec 2009 8 2 0 6 25%
Mohamed Farayare Somalia Jan 2010 Mar 2010 2 1 0 1 50%
Yousef Adam Qatar Oct 2010 Dec 2010 3 0 0 3 0%
Alfred Imonje Kenya Oct 2011 - Dec 2011 5 0 1 4 10%
Kenya Oct 2011 - Dec 2011 5 0 1 4 10%


Current squad[edit]

The following 29 players were named in the shortlist for the squad for the 2013 CECAFA Cup on 27 November to 5 December 2013.[5]

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
4FW Jabril Hassan Mohammed
Saa’id Salah Hussein
Deeq Abdullahi Nur
Khaled Adel Jama
Ahmed Abdullahi Moallim
Ahmed Abdulkadir Dayib
Muhsin Sharif Abdalla
Hassan Ali Roble
Hassan Hussein Ibrahim
Baasi Mohamud Bana
Adil Nur Ali
Mahmoud Abdi Nur
Daud Abdullahi Hassan
Adan Hussein Ibrahim
3MF Mohamed Hassan Ali Kuwait Khaitan Sporting Club
Ahmed Osman Abdulle
Mahad Mohamed Haji
Sadiq Mohamed
Said Mohamed Sheekh
Hassan Sidow Hilowle
Hamsa Mohamed Muqtar
Bile Mohiyadin Burale
Yasin Ahmed
Dadir Amin Ali
Shafi’i Abdi Farah
Mohamed Tahlil Shidane
Abdishakur Mahmoud Mohamed
Samater Abdi
2DF Yasin Ali Egal
3MF Osman Mohamed
2DF AbdiRahman Ali
Sidi Mohamed Omar
2DF Ahmed Tahlil Ali Netherlands CVV de Jodan Boys

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

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