FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has expressed his deep condolences to the Somali Football Federation (SFF) over the suicide explosions which killed one of the country’s top footballers and injured two others.
Abdi Salaan Mohamed Ali, an U-20 international, died after being struck by the blast following a training session, while Mahmoud Amin Mohamed and Siid Ali Mohamed Xiis were wounded as they walked home.
"It is with a sad heart that I write to you today, having learned of the tragedy that occurred in Somalia,” said President Blatter wrote in a letter to SFF President Mr. Said Mahmoud Nur. “On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide family of football, I wish to extend our condolences to you, the Somalian football community and, most importantly, all family, friends and loved ones of the victims.
“Please let them know that today, the football community stands by their side. We would hope that in some way, our words of support may help bring a little bit of peace and solace in this time of sadness."