Djibouti enjoys its first ever FIFA Grassroots course
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As part of its efforts to develop football from the bottom, the Djibouti Football Federation has concluded a ten-day FIFA Grassroots coaching course, which was the first of its kind in the football-growing horn of African country.

Young coaches from across the country took part in the historic FIFA grassroots course, which was co-hosted by all regions in the country, in a bid to bring football for school children in different regions. The trainees included some from schools in the country who were taught how to educate children on core football principles. 

The president of the Djibouti Football Federation, Mr. Souleiman Hassan Waberi, who made an address at the conclusion ceremony, expressed his gratitude to FIFA for helping his country realise their long-term dreams.

“Our intention was that children in all regions benefit from the course so, we hosted it as a mobile course in different regions---for three days in Obock and Tadjourah and as well as Ali Sabieh, Dikhil, Djibouti and Arta for three days in each two regions, while we are now holding the conclusion ceremony here in Djibouti," Waberi said.

The course ran from 2 to 11 February 2014 and was conducted by FIFA instructor Jamal Lahraj of Morocco. Addressing the closing ceremony, Lahraj praised Djibouti for its preparation for the course and commitment to promoting football through the country.

Representative from the Ministry of Education, Mr. Abdi Dirir, and representative from the Ministry of Sport, Mr. Houssein Kahye, both attended the closing ceremony.

The Federation organised a festival, which involved over 120 children from regions across the country, to mark the end of the ten-day course.