Gunmen kill Somalia U-17 goalkeeper in Mogadishu

The Somali National U-17 first choice goalkeeper Abdulkader Dheere Hussein has been killed in Mogadishu by unidentified assailants.
The Somali National U-17 first choice goalkeeper Abdulkader Dheere Hussein has been killed in Mogadishu by unidentified assailants.

The Somali Football Federation (SFF) said on Thursday that the young footballer was killed in the Waberi district of Mogadishu on his way home from a training session yesterday. 

The Somali Football federation secretary General Abdi Qani Said Arab said in  a statement on Thursday that the motive behind the brutal killing is still unknown, but the Somali Football Federation is investigating the matter to find out who was exactly behind the killing of the young footballer.

He went on to say that the murder of the keeper was the shocking experience they had experienced this year and the SFF totally condemns the killing. He praised the slain goalkeeper as having been the backbone of the Somali U-17 football team.

In April, a female suicide bomber killed the presidents of Somali Football Federation Said Mahmoud Nur and National Olympic committee Aden Hajji Yeberow. The Al-Qaeda-linked Somali Terrorists of Al-shabaab claimed for the responsibility at that time.

For the past twenty years of lack of a functioning central government in Somalia many sporting volunteers including high profile dignitaries, referees, players, coaches and fans have been either killed or arrested for their involvement in sport mostly in football which is passionately followed in the lawless country.

According to Shafi’I Mohyaddin Abokar, a senior sports writer in Somalia, writing stories about football or other sport is also considered a ‘crime’ by the militants in Somalia. “The militants target the high profile journalists for publishing what the extremists describe as ‘satanic’ football stories,” said the journalist.