Somalia: Football Fraternity Sharply Divided Ahead of FIFA Boss Gianni Infantino Visit

FIFA President Gianni Infantino gives a press conference following the closing of the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City, Friday, May 13, 2016. FIFA's corruption crisis was declared to be over by Infantino on Friday as the scandal-battered governing body broke new ground by appointing a Senegalese United Nations official as its first female and first non-European secretary general. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The football fraternity in Somalia is a divided house even over the running of the sport even as the country awaits for the historic visit by FIFA President.

Giovanni Vincenzo “Gianni” Infantino visit will come a few weeks after the controversial election of Abdigani Said Arab to lead the Somalia Football Federation for another four year term in office.

SFF boss Abdiqani Said Arab announced that Gianni will be visiting Mogadishu to assess FIFA projects and football state in the Horn of Africa country that is emerging from decades of civil war.

But not all are excited about this tour that may put Somalia on the footballing world map.

In an interview with Radio Dalsan on Wednesday former SFF official A. Abdale said the federation has to clean up it’s house ahead of Gianni’s arrival.

“SFF is in a mess. The elections were a sham. The visit will damage FIFA’s reputation since it will be endorsing a leadership that was not democratically elected” Abdalu said.