Hargeysa, Somaliland, May 5, 2012 (SL Times) Ė Somaliland Ministry of
Sports welcomed the national basketball team upon returning from the
East and Central African games in Kampala, Uganda.
The welcoming party was attended by the Minister of Sports, Mr Ali Saeed
Raygal, the General Director of the Ministry of Sports, Mustafa Muhammad
Qodah, the Director of the Water Department, the Director of the Roads
Department, athletes, legislators and many other distinguished guests.
The Director General of the Ministry of Sport, Mustafa Muhammad Qodah
who was in charge of the management of the team when they were in
Uganda, spoke at the event and said this was their first visit abroad
and they had benefited a lot from participating in the athletic
competition. He praised the warm reception they received in Kampala and
expressed his elation upon seeing Somalilandís flag everywhere during
The President for the basketball coordination committee, Mr Mohamoud
Hasan Abdillahi said it was a big achievement that Somaliland had a
chance to take part in an international competition. He thanked the
Minister of Sports and pointed out that although the Minister had been
in office for a short period, he made it possible for the team to
participate in the games.
Speaking on behalf of his fellow athletes, Abdirahman Hassan (Kuto)
expressed his gratitude for their fans for their strong support during
the games in Kampala.
The Minister of Sports, Mr Ali Saeed Raygal gave some brief remarks that
put the celebration in perspective. He said although he was new to the
job, he was determined that Somalilandís team take part in the East and
Central African games. He thanked President Ahmed Silanyo, government
ministers, SOMTEL Telecommunications Company, and the media for
contributing to Somaliland teamís participation in the competitions. He
also disclosed that they are working on a new system that will make his
ministryís work more effective.