At the end of his historic two day official trip to Somalia, FIFA senior manager for Africa development Mr. Zelkifli Ngoufonja announced a number of development projects to be implemented in Somalia.
Mr. Ngoufonja became the highest-ranking FIFA official to ever arrive in Somalia and his tour to the war-devastated country has been recognized by the SFF as ‘a significant’ step forward for the country’s football progression.
Before flying back to FIFA home on Friday, Mr. Zelkifli Ngoufonja and Somali FA president Abdiqani Said Arab held a joint press conference to update the media on the football development in the country and how FIFA was turning much attention to Somalia.
Somali Football Federation President Abdiqani Said Arab said that the reason for the arrival of the senior FIFA official was mainly to see the progress on the ground and study Somalia’s current needs,
He added that FIFA sent the official with the request from his federation which asked the world body to come and see what was going on in Somalia after years of bloody conflicts.
He said the visit was the first of its kind by a top-ranking FIFA official to the country in Somalia’s football history.
“Such a historic visit by our brother Zelkifli Ngoufonja to Somalia was very important for us at the moment, because he studied much about the development programs implemented so far and as well as the huge needs we currently have” SFF president told the media.