February 11, 2012 (SL Times) – The Somaliland Soccer Coordination
Council lashed out at the minister of Youth and Sports, Abdi Saeed
Fahiye, and accused him of dereliction of his duties.
The Council stressed that soccer competitions had taken place four times
before and the fact that President Ahmed Sillanyo had to set up a
national committee for the competitions is a shame on the ministry of
sports because it means the ministry could not fulfill its
The council also charged the minister with trying to disband their
Speaking at a press conference in Imperial Hotel, the President of the
Soccer Coordination Council, Ahmed Muhammad Sheikh Dhago, said the
problem started when the minister tried to get them to take his side in
a quarrel between him and the director general of his ministry, and they
decided not to get involved and to stay independent.
The Deputy President of Soccer Coordination Council, Suleiman Hassan
Dahir, also took part in the press conference and said the council used
to have good relations with the ministry of sport, but since the current
minister took over, feuds between various officials within the ministry
have become common and relations between the council and the ministry
have soured. He added that the fact that President Ahmed Sillanyo has
set up a national committee to organize the regional games is a good
indication of the minister of sports inability of handling his duties.
The Council requested that the coming school soccer competitions should
not be held until the dispute between them and the minister is resolved.