GOOBJOOG NEWS|ADDIS ABABA: Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre hosted a dinner party last night Addis Ababa in honor of Somalia’s 17-year-old national team, which won the 2023 CECAFA Zone Qualifiers.
Prime Minister Barre lauded the Ocean Stars players and their coach for the exemplary performance exhibited in the match against South Sudan, emerging champions of East and Central Africa.
The Premier said in a Twitter post: “Today I spent time with our national team, who won yesterday, and congratulated the coach and his team for the historic victory that brought the Somali name everywhere they are in the country and abroad.”
Hamze added that the team’s win was a win for Somalia as it put the country’s name on the world map, noting that their victory also mirrored Somalia’s potential bright future.
Upon winning the CECAFAU17, by scoring 3-1 against Sudan, hundreds took to the streets across the nation, especially in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, to celebrate the historic win. The team is expected to arrive today in the country to a rousing welcome from Somali citizens.