Somaliland national football team

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Somaliland
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationSomaliland Football Association
ConfederationConIFA
Head coachOmar Abdillahi
CaptainAbdirahman Jama
Most capsAbdillahi Nur
Top scorerMohamed Jama
Home stadiumHargeisa Stadium
First colours
Second colours
Elo ranking
Current 189 Increase 1 (9 February 2020)[1]
Highest187 (2016)
Lowest190 (2018)
First international
 Somaliland 2–2 Sealand 
Biggest win
 Somaliland 5–1 Tamil Eelam 
Biggest defeat
 Somaliland 3–10 Székely Land 
ConIFA World Football Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2016)

The Somaliland national football team is the football team that represents Somaliland, a self-declared republic that is internationally recognized as a de facto state. Although Somaliland is a de facto state, it has not yet received international de jure recognition. Somaliland is not a member of FIFA and CAF; it is, instead, an associate member of ConIFA, an association established in 2014 of teams from dependencies, unrecognised states, minorities, stateless peoples and regions that are not affiliated with FIFA.[2][3][4]

History[edit]

The Somaliland Football Association currently runs a national league which consists of 12 semi-professional clubs sponsored or backed by both public and private organisations. The Association also holds a bi-annual inter-regional football tournament, in which all 13 regions participate in groups stages held across the country, with the final 4 group winners contesting the semi-finals in the capital Hargeisa.

The Somaliland Football Association for the first time in Somaliland’s existence took part in an international tournament in the conifa world cup 2016 hosted by Abkhazia.[5][6] Somaliland was drawn in group D alongside Panjab and Sápmi. Losing both games Somaliland went on to play two further games against fellow runners up, the Chagos Islands and Székely Land. Somaliland went on to finish in 10th overall in the competition.[7]

Following ConIFA's annual conference Somaliland Football Team was invited to compete at the 2016 ConIFA World Football Cup, where it finished tenth out of twelve teams.

Stadium[edit]

Hargeysa National Stadium is the home of the national team.

Coaches[edit]

Name Nat Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Efficiency %
Fuad Abdillahi Isse Somaliland 2012 – 2015 %
Omar Abdillahi Somaliland 2015 – ? %

Current Squad[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Abdirisaq Mohamed Jama Somaliland Maroodi Jeeh
13 1GK Abdiqani Saleban Aynan Somaliland Hawd
25 1GK Mohamed Ahmed Hashi Somaliland Sanaag
2 2DF Abdifatah Osman Hussein Somaliland Maroodi Jeeh
3 2DF Abdisamad Ibrahim Miigane Somaliland Awdal
4 2DF Ibrahim Said Dahir Somaliland Awdal
5 2DF Abdirahman Mohamed Mohamoud Somaliland Saaxil
19 2DF Abdirisaq Hassan Jama Somaliland Togdheer
18 2DF Abdirahman Jama Musa Somaliland Gabiley
6 3MF Abdikarin Mohamed Hersi Somaliland Maroodi Jeeh
8 3MF Hamse Ahmed Abdillahi Somaliland Hawd
14 3MF Muhiyadin Duale Diriye Somaliland Awdal
15 3MF Jama Abdillahi Awad Somaliland Saaxil
16 3MF Farhan Mohamed Ahmed Somaliland Togdheer
7 3MF Abdisalan Farah Jama Somaliland Sool
21 3MF Omar Ali Osman Somaliland Gabiley
23 3MF Sakariye Ali Egeh Somaliland Gabiley
24 4FW Abdiriyad Bashir Abdi Somaliland Maroodi Jeeh
12 4FW Mohamoud Abdi Hassan Somaliland Maroodi Jeeh
9 4FW Sharma'arke Fu'ad Ali Somaliland Maroodi Jeeh
10 4FW Haibe Good Hurre Somaliland Hawd
11 4FW Awil Mohamed Elmi Somaliland Hawd
26 4FW Liban Mohamed Ahmed Somaliland Awdal
17 4FW Ahmed Abdi Osman Somaliland Sool
20 4FW Ibrahim Abdirahman Salah Somaliland Sanaag
22 4FW Guleid Hassan Muhumed Somaliland Gabiley

[8]

Association officials[edit]

Name Position
Somaliland Ilyas Mohamed President
Somaliland Guiled Adan Chief Operating Officer
Somaliland Idris Mohamed General Secretary
Somaliland National Football Team starting XI

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 9 February 2020. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  2. ^ "The Unrecognized - Roads & Kingdoms". roadsandkingdoms.com. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Somaliland | CONIFA". www.conifa.org. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  4. ^ "Somaliland". ConIFA.
  5. ^ "At Outsiders' 'World Cup,' Somaliland Team Sees Way To Give Back". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  6. ^ Pender, Kieran (3 June 2016). "'Listening to our anthem was really emotional': the World Cup for unrecognized states". Retrieved 16 June 2017 – via The Guardian.
  7. ^ "Rankings". conifa.org. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Somaliland oo Lagaga Dhawaaqay Kooxda Xulka Ciyaartoyda Kubadda Cagta ee Qaranka" (in Somali). Retrieved 25 January 2020.