Despite not being able to play at home in Mogadishu since the mid-1980s, Somalia have bravely battled in each of the last four FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaigns. They even managed to get their first point in the preliminaries, drawing the first leg against Ethiopia on the road to Brazil 2014.
The Somalians have competed regularly in the regional CECAFA Cup, without ever escaping the group phase though. The Ocean Stars' squad consists virtually only of players from the local league, with Ayub Daud being the one notable exception. The striker, who grew up in Italy and appeared once for Juventus in Serie A, has a good amount of experience in Europe's lower levels.
Former Uganda captain George Semwogerere coaches Somalia. He has guided clubs in Uganda as well as Benadir FC in Somalia. In 2012, he took the Ugandan youngsters to within a goal of knocking out Ghana from the CAF U-20 Championship. The Black Satellites went on to finish runners-up at the finals.
4 – The number of goals Somalia gave up in the second half of the second leg of their tie against against Ethiopia in Brazil 2014 qualifying.