By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, Cameroon.
Anwar Sayid Cali is arguably the most popular name in Somalia today and so shall it be till Somalia’s second leg game away in Bulawayo next week.
The forward scored Somalia’s lone goal this Thursday in Djibouti to help Somalia beat 2019 AFCON participants Zimbabwe by 1 goal to nil in a home game played away from home due to security concerns.
The victory for the boys of former Ghana Women’s and Men’s National team coach Bashir Hayford is Somalia’s first win in a FIFA World Cup Qualifiers game since 1984.
The former Asante Kotoko gaffer can largely be credited for the win this Thursday over Zimbabwe. Hayford arrived Somalia less than a year ago as part of efforts to develop football in the country in collaboration with the FA boss Abdi Gani. Few months down the line, the experienced Ghanaian tactician has picked up a first victory in a FIFA game in 35 years, a first win in any competitive game in 14 years.
The Somalis rarely have such moments giving that their country is the lowest ranked African country.
The current generation of youths in the country only heard from their elders that their country beat Kenya in a World Cup qualifying games in 1984.
Whatever happens in the return leg game this generation of Somalia players have delivered.
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