Project Description

During May, the Somalia Olympic Committee in conjunction with SKA Development staged the 2016 Somali Youth Football Tournament in Mogadishu. Twenty teams from schools in Mogadishu competed for the SOC – SKA Challenge Trophy.

In a gripping final between Abdi Aziz School and Twelve October School, Abdi Aziz were victorious 3-1 and were presented with the Trophy by the Secretary General of the Somali Olympic Committee Mr Duran Farah and the SKA Country Manager Mr Frank Duggan at a ceremony in the SKA Facility in Mogadishu International Airport.

The Star of the tournament was undoubtedly 11-year-old Idris Mohamed Bilal who was not only one of the youngest players in the tournament and Captain of the winning team, but also won the ‘Golden Boot’ for scoring the most goals in the tournament. Watch-out Wayne Rooney – Idris is coming!!

The ‘Golden Gloves’ award for the best Goalkeeper went to 15year-old Mohamed Asif also from Abdi Aziz School.

At the Ceremony Frank Duggan emphasized SKA’s desire to support progress in Somalia by continuing to support Youth Development through sporting opportunities as well as personal skills development training for young people – from whatever background – from across the country.

SKA Development is a ‘Not-for-profit’ NGO which has the overall aim of ‘Giving Back in Difficult Places’.