Somalia
Nickname(s)Ocean Stars
AssociationSomali Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCECAFA
(Central & East Africa)
Head coachSalad Farah
Most capsYasin Ali Egal (19)
Top scorerAbdullahi Sheikh Mohamed (3)
Home stadiumMogadishu Stadium
FIFA codeSOM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 196 Increase 1 (12 August 2021)[1]
Highest158 (April–June 1996)
Lowest203 (April–May 2019)
First international
 Kenya 5–1 Somalia 
(Mombasa, Kenya; 1958)[2]
Biggest win
 Somalia 5–2 Mauritania 
(Casablanca, Morocco; 7 August 1985)
Biggest defeat
 North Korea 14–0 Somalia 
(Jakarta, Indonesia; 12 November 1963)

The Somalia national footballers team (Somali: Kooxda Qaranka Soomaaliya, Arabic: الاتحاد الصومالي لكرة القدم‎), nicknamed the Ocean Stars, represents Somalia in international football and is controlled by the Somali Football Federation (SFF), a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Somalia's first national team captain was Mohamed Shangole, whilst its longest serving captain has been Hasan Babay.

History

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 soccer team the FYL 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.

Prior to 2019, the Somali FA decided they would admit to all their young and upcoming youth talents and put out local trials to fortify both Olympic and national football teams.

In addition, many from the Somali diaspora in the past have produced quality football players such as Islam Feruz and Mukhtar Ali.

On 5 September 2019, Somalia won their first qualifying match since 1984 (against Kenya - AFCON Qualifying) and their first-ever FIFA World Cup qualifying match, beating Zimbabwe by 1–0.[4] They nearly advanced to the second round but lost 3–1 in Zimbabwe after two late goals for the warriors, consigning the Ocean Stars to an early exit.

Kit Provider

Kit provider Period
Germany Adidas Current

Recent schedule and results

Main article: Somalia national football team results

The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss

2021

15 June Friendly Djibouti  1–0  Somalia Djibouti City, Djibouti
19:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: El Hadj Hassan Gouled Aptidon Stadium
20 June 2021 Arab Cup qualification Oman  2–1  Somalia Doha, Qatar
20:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)

Coaches

Head coach Charles Livingstone Mbabazi, having talks with the players during a training session.
Head coach Charles Livingstone Mbabazi, having talks with the players during a training session.
The national team doing drills as part of preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
The national team doing drills as part of preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
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 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%
Hussein Abdullah 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%
Sam Ssimbwa Uganda Mar 2014 – Sept 2015 2 0 0 2 0%
Charles Mbabazi Uganda Sept 2015
Haruna Mawa Uganda Nov 2016 – Nov 2019
Bashir Hayford Ghana Mar 2019 – 2019 7 2 2 3 42.8%
Said Abdi Haibeh Somalia December 2019 – May 2021 4 1 2 1 25%
Abdellatif Salef Morocco May 2021 – June 2021 0 0 0 0 0%
Salad Farah Somalia June 2021 – 2 0 0 2 0%

Players

Current squad

The following players were selected for the friendly against Djibouti and for the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup qualification match against Oman on 15 and 20 June 2021 respectively.

Caps and goals correct as of: 20 June 2021, against  Oman.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mustaf Khalib Hussein (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 23) 10 0 Sweden Oskarshamn
22 1GK Hassan Ibrahim Ali (1996-11-04) 4 November 1996 (age 24) 2 0 Somalia Dekedaha
20 1GK Abdirahman Jama (2000-08-04) 4 August 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Somalia Elman

5 2DF Ahmed Said Ahmed (1998-07-04) 4 July 1998 (age 23) 8 0 Finland MyPa-47
4 2DF Mohamud Ali Mohamed (1994-07-08) 8 July 1994 (age 27) 8 0 England Southport
13 2DF Yonis Farah (1999-09-04) 4 September 1999 (age 22) 6 0 Sweden Ytterhogdals IK
3 2DF Abel Gigli (1990-08-16) 16 August 1990 (age 31) 4 1 Italy Rimini
6 2DF Liban Abdulahi (1995-11-02) 2 November 1995 (age 25) 4 0 Iceland Þór Akureyri
15 2DF Saadiq Elmi Faisal (2000-11-11) 11 November 2000 (age 20) 2 0 Norway Grorud
2 2DF Zayd Farah (2000-01-12) 12 January 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Australia Perth Glory Youth
19 2DF Hussein Dahir (1997-09-13) 13 September 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Somalia Elman

8 3MF Abdulsamed Abdullahi (1997-01-19) 19 January 1997 (age 24) 4 0 Greece Ergotelis
12 3MF Mohamed Abukar (1998-01-10) 10 January 1998 (age 23) 3 0 England Brightlingsea Regent
14 3MF Isse Ismail (1999-04-20) 20 April 1999 (age 22) 2 0 Sweden Värnamo
11 3MF Mohamed Awad (1994-05-07) 7 May 1994 (age 27) 1 0 New Zealand Auckland City
21 3MF Omar Jama (1998-05-21) 21 May 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Finland Gnistan
10 3MF Ismail Liban (2001-07-29) 29 July 2001 (age 20) 1 0 Australia Cockburn City

7 4FW Hussein Mohamed (1997-03-20) 20 March 1997 (age 24) 5 0 Finland Haka
9 4FW Anwar Shakunda (1999-04-12) 12 April 1999 (age 22) 5 1 Somalia Dekedaha
16 4FW Ali Abdulkadir (1995-01-08) 8 January 1995 (age 26) 2 0 England Hilltop
17 4FW Fahad Mohamed (2000-02-07) 7 February 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Finland Atlantis
18 4FW Darman Arbi (2002-06-14) 14 June 2002 (age 19) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Atletico

Player records

As of 15 December 2019[5]
Players in bold are still active with Somalia.

Competitive record

See also

Notes

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 12 August 2021. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  2. ^ Hassan, Mohammed Sheik (2008). History of Somali football (1938–2007). Scansom. p. 20. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 8 September 2021. Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  4. ^ "World Cup qualifying: Somalia national team's history-making driving instructor". BBC News. 8 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Somalia". National Football Teams.