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The Somali Football Federation has started early preparations for the football event of the 2016 Rio De Janerio world Olympic Games and the 2015 African U- 20 championship to be hosted in Senegal.


On Tuesday, the Somali Football Federation (SFF) has called nearly 90 young age players who were shortlisted from the recent Division B and Division C championships, as part of SFF's early preparations for the near future international football competitions.

"The SFF has informed the players through their respected clubs to attend the training sessions which will start in Banadir Stadium on the 1stof February 2014" Somali Football Federation Secretary General Abdi Qani Said Arab said in a press statement on Tuesday adding that the 84 players were shortlisted by the SFF technical department.

He said that during the training, the invited players will be divided into four teams. He added that the SFF intends to organize a week-long competition for the teams as during the competition the SFF technical director Awil Ismail Mohamed and his team will make the final short list of two national U-20 and U- 23 teams.

"The U-20 squad will be preparing for the 2015 African youth championship while the U 23 team will prepare for the Rio 2016 qualifications" Somali Football Federation Secretary General Abdi Qani Said Arab noted.

The secretary general thanked SFF technical director Awil Ismail Mohamed and his team of experienced coaches for the hard work they are doing in a bid to prepare qualified national players for the upcoming international football competitions.

Meanwhile, SFF technical director Awil Ismail Mohamed said that his department has drawn special training programs for the national teams adding he was very hopeful that Somalia will make changes in terms of its performance in the near future international competitions.

"We have now more chances than ever before and that will help get talented players" SFF technical director Awil Ismail Mohamed noted.