The Green Fields construction expert Lex Vander who spent six weeks in Mogadishu where he fixed the country’s old soccer facility ‘Stadium Banadir’ with an artificial football Turf has called the international football governing body FIFA to give much priority to Somalia which he said was fully committed to football more than any other country he visited before.
Lext Vander who returned to his country over night on Friday after the
successful completion of the first phase of the construction of
Somalia’s old soccer facility told his farewell ceremony at the Lido Sea
Food restaurant in the Lido beach resort of Mogadishu Thursday that he
had experienced very lovely days in Somalia where he said football
authorities were very committed to the beautiful game.
hereby want to thank FIFA for its forceful commitment to help the
development of football in Somalia, secondly I praise the Somali
Football Federation authorities particularly secretary General Abdi Qani
Said Arab and executive committee member Ali Abdi Mohamed who stayed
with me through all day since my arrival and worked with me as much as
they could” Green Filed expert Lex Vander told the farewell ceremony
know that FIFA was always giving Somalia a special care, but I call on
the global Football Association to give this growing football nation
much priority than ever before, because I met here leaders who are very
committed to football more than any other countries I had visited
before” the expert emphasized.
noted that since he started the job in Somalia just six weeks ago, the
secretary General Abdi Qani Said Arab and executive committee member Ali
Abdi Mohamed (Shiine) didn’t leave him even for half an hour.
carried out such job in so many countries across the Africa continent
and it will come to you as a surprise if I tell you that I didn’t see
authorities who were with me at the stadium every hour, but
you---Somalia really attracted me” the Dutch expert added during the
farewell ceremony Thursday.
also urged the global construction company Green Fields to help Somalia
as much as it can since he said Somalis are making a lot of efforts to
recover from years of setbacks caused by the long-running civil wars and
lawlessness in the country.
attracted me was that the secretary General who was accomplishing his
daily job at the stadium where he established a mobile office, which
means he had embraced a great responsibility to tighten my security and
the smooth going of the job” Mr. Lex Vander told the farewell ceremony
Thursday before he and Somali Football Federation officials headed to
Mogadishu airport where he flew by Turkish airlines.
By Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar