Somalia national football team

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Somalia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Ocean Stars
Association Somali Football Federation
Confederation CAF
Sub-confederation CECAFA
Head coach Charles Mbabazi[1]
Captain Liiban
Home stadium Mogadishu Stadium
FIFA code SOM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 205 Decrease 1 (14 July 2016)
Highest 158 (April 1995)
Lowest 206 (November 2014, April 2015 – June 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 205
First international
1951[2]
Biggest win
 Somalia 16–2 Mauritania 
(Morocco; August 7, 1985)
Biggest defeat
 North Korea 9–0 Somalia 
(Indonesia; November 12, 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).

History[edit]

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.

Coaches[edit]

Head coach Charles Livingstone Mbabazi, having talks with the players during a training session.
Name Nat Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Efficiency %
Klaus Ebbighausen Germany 1980
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%
Sam Ssimbwa Uganda Dec 2011 – Sept 2015 8 0 0 8 0%
Charles Mbabazi Uganda Sept 2015– Present

Players[edit]

The national team doing drills as part of preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

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 Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1GK Saa’id Salah Hussein (1987-01-19) 19 January 1987 (age 29) Somalia Heegan FC
1GK Ahmed Abdullahi Moallim Somalia Elman FC
2DF Baasi Mohamud Bana (1991-01-29) 29 January 1991 (age 25) Somalia LLPP Jeenyo FC
2DF Adan Hussein Ibrahim (1995-03-01) 1 March 1995 (age 21) Somalia Sahafi FC
2DF Yasin Ali Egal (1991-03-01) 1 March 1991 (age 25) Somalia Elman FC
2DF Ahmed Abdulkadir Dayib (1993-03-01) 1 March 1993 (age 23) Somalia Heegan FC
2DF Muhammad Shabazz III (1991-08-01) 1 August 1991 (age 24) Somalia Elman FC
2DF Shafi’i Abdi Farah Somalia Horseed FC
2DF Ahmed Osman Abdulle Somalia Heegan FC
2DF Said Mohamed Sheekh Somalia Gaadiidka FC
2DF Hamsa Mohamed Muqtar Somalia LLPP Jeenyo FC
2DF Sidi Mohamed Omar Somalia Heegan FC
3MF Muhsin Sharif Abdalla Somalia Dekedda FC
3MF Hassan Hussein Ibrahim (1993-02-19) 19 February 1993 (age 23) Somalia Elman FC
3MF Mohamed Hassan Ali (1985-11-30) 30 November 1985 (age 30) Somalia Elman FC
3MF Mohamed Abdi Hayow Somalia Heegan FC
3MF Mohamed Tahlil Shidane (1990-02-08) 8 February 1990 (age 26) Somalia Banaadir SC
3MF Abdishakur Mahmoud Mohamed Somalia Dekedda FC
3MF Hassan Sidow Hilowle Somalia Horseed FC
3MF Bile Mohiyadin Burale Somalia Saxafi FC
3MF Jabril Hassan Mohammed (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 22) Somalia Heegan FC
3MF Daud Abdullahi Hassan (1994-04-03) 3 April 1994 (age 22) Somalia LLPP Jeenyo FC
4FW Deeq Abdullahi Nur (1990-06-15) 15 June 1990 (age 26) Somalia Heegan FC
4FW Adil Nur Ali (1990-03-14) 14 March 1990 (age 26) Somalia Banaadir SC
4FW Mahmoud Abdi Nur (1997-09-13) 13 September 1997 (age 18) Somalia LLPP Jeenyo FC
4FW Dadir Amin Ali Somalia Banaadir SC
4FW Saleeban Abdi (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 23) Netherlands SO SOEST
4FW Sidi Mohamed Omar Somalia LLPP Jeenyo FC

Competitive record[edit]