Somali football will hit a new milestone on Thursday 17 December with the first ever local match aired live on television when local rivals, military side Heegan FC and police side Horseed FC face off in the General Da’ud Cup final.
The match will be aired on state broadcaster Somali National TV (SNTV) and the Somali Football Federation (SFF) Prsident Abdiqani Arab Said termed the milestone a breakthrough as fans in the war torn nation brace to watch a first ever local live production.
SNTV, with the federation’s green light, will be airing the game in conjunction with production company Horn Connect and Abdiqani sounded his pleasure at the development whilst promising more.
“It is a breakthrough, we had long dreamed of getting our matches watched live. This is almost the realization of our age-old dreams. This will be a test, but if we are successful in this endeavor, we will try to get our matches live in the months to come.
“We express our gratitude to the State Television and the privately-owned Horn Connect for helping our dreams come true. We hope to develop our co-operation with these two organizations,” he told insideworldfootball.com.
The General Da’ud Cup is held annually in remembrance of the founder of Somalia’s Armed Forces, General Da’ud Abdulle Hersi. It has been played since 1972.