MOGADISHU - Anatolia News Agency
Players vie for the ball during a match in Mogadishu’s Ankara Stadium. AA photo
A football tournament has been organized between the offices of regional sub-governors at the Ankara
Stadium, built by the Turkish Red Crescent Aid Society in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Ahmet Lütfi Akar, the chairman of the Turkish Red Crescent, and Wadajir Regional Sub-governor Ahmed Hassan Addu attended the inauguration of the event.
Prior to the tournament, a friendly match took place between young individuals staying in tents. Akar made the opening kick and the 40-minute friendly match resulted in a 1-1 draw.
“The stadium was full of animal bones and it was very dirty. There were children trying to play football on the bones. We turned the region into a stadium by establishing an incinerator for bones,”
Akar told reporters at the Ankara
“We believe that, through sportive activities, we can establish a Somalia
full of more peace,” he also said.