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Somali Volleyball League gets underway in capital Mogadishu

Horseed’ defeated its Dekedaha rivals 3-2 in the opening match

Mogadishu, Somalia, December 2, 2013 - The Somali Volleyball Federation commenced its 26th men’s volleyball championship on Saturday. The tournament, which is currently underway in Mogadishu, has brought together eight division ‘A’ teams.

Speaking at the opening ceremony on Saturday, the Somali Volleyball Federation Secretary General Mohamed Abubakar Hirei thanked the CAVB for their support and assistance, particularly for their donation of top-of-the range volleyballs currently used in international competition.

“I would like to announce that this beautiful competition we are starting today wouldn’t have been possible for us to do without the support of CAVB President Amr Elwani,” said the Secretary General.

Along with officials from the civil service ministry of development, former president of the Somali basketball federation Ibrahim Hussein Ali (now an executive member of the Somali NOC) attended Saturday’s opening match.

Somalia’s volleyball programme is recovering from years of setbacks and the national competition is an important step forward towards establishing the necessary structures to ensure that volleyball continues its development in the country.  

In the first match of the competition, defending champions Somali military club ‘Horseed’ defeated its Dekedaha rivals 3-2.

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