There is budding excitement as Somalia make their return to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) club football since 1989.
It is officially thirty years since a local club from Somalia last made an appearance in continental football.
Following the announcement of Somali Football Federation President Abdikani Said Arab that Somalia will be represented by Mogadishu City Club (MCC) in the up-coming qualifiers of the CAF Confederation Cup.
Mogadishu City Club general secretary Omar “Muhaa Kampala” Mohammed expressed happiness about the development.
“This is the first time since the civil war in our country that Mogadishu City Football Club will participate in CAF Confederation Cup qualifiers.
“We are hoping to meet experienced football clubs who have been participating in this tournament for a long time. This is also good for our players to play with strong teams to get much experience and motivation. We will participate and surprise any kind of teams we shall face,” [Omar “Muhaa Kampala” Mohammed, Mogadishu City Club General Secretary].
Previously, Mogadishu City who are coached by Ugandan-born Hussein Mbalangu had participated in the CECAFA club championship and the Arab League cup qualifiers.
The CECAFA club championship is organized by the Council of East and Central Africa.
The Arab league is organized by the Union of Arab Football Associations, UAFA.
For a long spell, Somalia has been disturbed by political instability that has largely deterred the development of football in the country since many of the sports infrastructures were virtually destroyed.