The second leg of the African U-23 championship qualifiers between Somalia and Rwanda will be staged in Djibouti, Somali FA said in a press statement on Tuesday.
The fixture was previously scheduled to be played in Kenya, but has now bern switched to Djibouti who automatically accepted Somalia’s request to stage the match in Djibouti a place that has been used as home country for the last 24 years.
“Somalia will be welcoming Rwanda in Djibouti where the return leg will take place on 10th of May 2015 at 4pm local time” Somali Football, said in a press statement.
“We commend the president of Djibouti Football Federation, Mr. Souleiman Hassan Waberi for his quick move to arrange the venue for Somalia to welcome their Rwandan rivals for the return match of African U-23 championship qualifiers”.
Somali Football Federation also praises the CECAFA office in Nairobi for providing all possible assistances to Somalia.
On April 14, Somali FA sent a request letter to the Football Kenya Federation, which allowed Somali FA to use Kasarani National stadium to welcome Rwanda on May 9, as on the same day Kenya have a match at Nyayo National Stadium.
“It came as a surprise to us, when Football Kenya Federation, said in a letter on Monday that it was not able to organize Somalia-Rwanda match in Nairobi claiming that Somalia didn’t obtain necessary clearance from Kenyan government, which is not true because the government of Kenya already granted entry visas to Somalia” Somali Football Federation said in its press statement.
“Somali FA is very grateful to the government of Kenya, who always extended brotherly welcome to our team and facilitated everything we needed when Somalia had competitions in Kenya” the statement said.
“Football Kenya Federation has taken an unwanted move which is not good for the fair play and as well as damages the relationship between the two associations”.Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar Somali Football Federation Media officer said.