Somalia national football team

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Somalia Chilvata Di Hueso
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Somali Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation CECAFA
(Central & East Africa)
Head coach Haruna Mawa[1]
Most caps Omar Osman
Top scorer Pipih
Home stadium Mogadishu Stadium
FIFA code SOM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 206 Steady (16 August 2018)
Highest 158 (April–June 1995)
Lowest 207 (April–May 2018)
Elo ranking
Current 205 Increase 1 (30 June 2018)
First international
1951[2]
Biggest win
 Somalia 5–2 Mauritania 
(Morocco; August 7, 1985)
Biggest defeat
 North Korea 14–0 Somalia 
(Indonesia; November 12, 1963)

The Somalia national football team nicknamed ocean stars 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).

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 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 %
Qi Wusheng China 1978–1979
Klaus Ebbighausen Germany 1980
Hussein Ali Abdulle Somalia May 1999 – Dec 2000 8 0 1 7 6.3%
Awil Ismail Mohamed[3][4] Somalia 2004–2005 5 0 1 4 10%
Ignacio Gonzalez 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%
Mohammed Shidane 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 – Oct 2013 6 0 0 6 0%
Callum Cawkwell[5][6][7] England Nov 2013 – Mar 2014 3 0 0 3 0%
Sam Ssimbwa Uganda Mar 2014 – Sept 2015 2 0 0 2 0%
Charles Mbabazi Uganda Sept 2015
Haruna Mawa Uganda Nov 2016 – 2 0 0 2 0%

Recent results[edit]

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

Competitive record[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Somalia played their home leg in Djibouti due to the Somali Civil War.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Isabirye, David (5 November 2016). "Mawa beats Isabirye to Somalia head coach job". Kawowo.com. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Hassan, Mohammed Sheik (2008). History of Somali football (1938–2007). Scansom. p. 20. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Somali-FA-technical-director-Awil-Ismail-Mohamed - Somchess.net". somchess.net. 
  4. ^ "Kenya/Somalia: Don't Write Off Somalia, Says Coach". 14 November 2002 – via AllAfrica. 
  5. ^ "Somalia v Zambia, 04 December 2013". 11v11.com. 
  6. ^ "Somalia v Tanzania, 01 December 2013". 11v11.com. 
  7. ^ "Burundi v Somalia, 28 November 2013". 11v11.com. 
  8. ^ "Sextet start race to Kenya 2018". CAF. 20 April 2017. 

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