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We are ready to host international games, says Somalia Prime Minister

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The Somalia Prime minister Hassan Ali Khayre has expressed the need for his country to host international football matches again after improved peace and security in the war torn country.

Khayre was addressing the newly elected CAF President Ahmad Ahmad following a key note visit over the weekend.

He assured the Government’s commitment’s towards the development of football and support for the youth to promote peace and reconciliation  in the country.

The Prime Minister requested CAF to allow Somalia host international matches on their territory, other than playing in neighbouring Djibouti.

The Federal Government of Somalia guarantees peace and security of football officials and players coming here for football games.

As is the case with people all over the world, Somalis are also entitled to enjoy football and support their national teams as well as watch other teams play here.

The Government has shown the ability to have peace and security in the country through football.

For a long period now, insurgencies in Somali propelled CAF to shift their international matches to Djibouti.

He also expressed gratitude to their neighbours, Djibouti, who have allowed Somalia to host matches on their soil, describing their neighbours as the second home.

We feel as if we are in our second country and we thank them for their warm hospitality, but we have a right to play at home.

CAF President Ahmad appreciated the Somali Prime Minister and assured that CAF will do its best to promote peace in Somalia through football.

Somalia will host South Sudan in the first round of the CHAN 2018 qualifier this coming weekend in Djibouti.

Harunah Mawa, a Ugandan is head coach working hand in hand with Moses ‘Ugoboss’ Oloya as goalkeeping coach.

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Mo Farah aiming to challenge Kipchoge, Wanjiru in London Marathon

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AFP — LONDON – British athletics great Mo Farah admitted Tuesday he faces an uphill battle to win Sunday’s London marathon with the likes of two-time winner Eliud Kipchoge in the field but says he will fight for a podium place.

The 35-year-old Somalia-born runner — who twice achieved the 5,000-10,000m Olympic double — said one bonus for his third attempt is that he no longer has to think about conserving energy for a track campaign.

Farah, who stopped at the halfway point in the 2013 race and finished eighth in 2014, retired from the track at the end of last season after just missing out on a third successive world championship 5km-10km double in London.

“It’s a great feeling not to have the same pressure as I do on the track,” Farah told a pre-race press conference.

“If the guys set off at world-record pace, I’ll go with them, why not? A win would be amazing for me. It’s going to be different but every race I go into I aim to fight for a podium place.”

Farah, whose decision to not train full-on for the 2014 London Marathon paid off as he went on to win European gold at 5km and 10km, said he had mapped out a strategy for the race.

“My aim is to stick to my own plan,” said Farah. “The team at the London Marathon have put together an amazing field with guys like Eliud Kipchoge and Daniel Wanjiru.

“I’m only ranked 27th, so I just have to stick to my plan and see what happens.”

Farah, now living in London after splitting from controversial US coach Alberto Salazar, said he had no regrets about switching to the road even though he cast an envious glance at the competitors in the distance events at the Commonwealth Games.

“I watched the Commonwealth Games and I wondered whether I could have done that double (5,000m and 10,000m),” he said. “Maybe. But as an athlete you have to set yourself new challenges. You have to enjoy what you do.”

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Canadian Mohammed Ahmed wins silver medal in Commonwealth 5,000M

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CANADIAN PRESS — GOLD COAST, Australia — Canadian Mohammed Ahmed earned silver Sunday in the 5,000 metres on the first day of track and field at the Commonwealth Games.

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei won gold in 13 minutes 50.83 seconds, ahead of Ahmed in 13:52.78 and Kenya’s Edward Zakayo in 13:54.06.

“I’ve been at the cusp for many years, but I finally get to stand on the podium and hopefully (one day) I get to climb one more step,” said the 27-year-old Ahmed, who was fifth in the 5,000 and sixth in the 10,000 at the 2014 games in Glasgow.

Ahmed was sixth in the 5,000 and eighth in the 10,000 at last year’s world championships, both Canadian-best finishes. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, he was fourth and 32nd, respectively, in the races.

Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, Ahmed spent the first 10 years of his life in Kenya before his family moved to St. Catharines, Ont.

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Around 500 Somali youth participate in historic marathon

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Somalia has hosted its first mini-marathon in three decades. The event is aimed at seeking international support for Somali youth; and was organised by the country’s ministry of sports. CGTN’s Abdulaziz Billow is in Mogadishu and filed this report.

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