In a historic night, Somalia capital witnessed 1st night-time football match in 3 decades
Source :NewsBharati   Date :10-Sep-2017

Mogadishu, September 10: After long 30 years, the African nation Somalia witnessed football match under flood light. Hundreds of Somalians gathered in Banadir Stadium which had been severely damaged in the civil war. This is the country’s oldest stadium. FIFA funded the redevelopment.

The stadium was built in 1956 and got badly damaged. Since 1980, it had never been renovated. FIFA-funded work undertaken in 2009 breathed new life back into the storied stadium. Several television channels broadcasted the match.

"Tonight is a historic night which people waited for more than 30 years. I tell you that Mogadishu is secure and people deserve more than this," Mayor Tabit Abdi Mohamed said. "There are thousands and thousands of people who are out here tonight to watch this football game. We will continue making history," Omar Ibrahim Abdisalam, a spokesperson for the Somali Football Federation, said.

Local residents are also happy over this match. The residents viewed it as a step towards peace and stability after so many years in the darkness. Due to threats posed the Shabaab Islamist group, took place under tight security. Though the terror group was driven out of Mogadishu in August 2011 has strongholds in many areas.