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Former Somalia goalkeeper shot dead after saying his prayers in the mosque near Mogadishu.

Thirty years old ex-international goalie for Somalia Football Association Abdiwali Olad Kanyare was shot dead by gunmen that are still unknown to investigations earlier on Thursday in a mosque somewhere in his homeland right after observing Ramadan prayers, says the country’s Football Association in a twitter post.

“Backbone of the team, Abdiwali Olad Kanyare, was gunned down by unidentified assailants earlier.”

Young Abiwali Olad Kanyare was an international keeper with a CAF B coaching license and had been as the goalie coach for the local side Mogadishu City Club and Somali youth teams club at the time he died. “It is unfortunate that we have missed a visionary young coach and instructor– a man who had a great ambition for his football career,” president for SFF Abdiqani Said Arab said in a statement.” On behalf of the Somali football family, I send our heartfelt condolence to his family, relatives, and friends in football. “We will sadly be missing him.”

Before Kanyare died, he previously had the chance to represent clubs like; Military Club Horseed and Bariga Dhexe as well as MCC, which was formerly known as the Banadir Sports Club during his football career.  When asked to describe him, his current employers said he was the “Backbone of the team” in one of their posts on Thursday, as seen on their official Facebook Page.  The Federation says that Goalie Abdiwali Olad Kanyare was shot dead in a mosque in the town in Afgooye, specifically 28km inland from the capital Mogadishu after performing his Tarawih prayers for Ramadan, which usually took place right after the Isha prayers.

Somali Football Association Vice President Mohamed Ali Abdi also made a statement when he said, “He was an active trainer and instructor who was always keen to pass his knowledge to everyone who wants, “We pray Allah to have mercy on him.”. Abdullahi Sheik Nor, who is another member of the Federation, highlighted late Kanyare’s qualities as a great coach in his tribute, “He was a well-prepared instructor who had an excellent teaching talent,” Nor said. “Our next mission was to conduct the same development courses in the Puntland State as soon as the COVID-19 lockdown ends, but I am so sorry that we have missed him.

Before he retired from international football in 2015, Abduliwali Olad Kanyare was a member of the Council for East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) Somali team at the regional. Somalia had already lost one of their best players, 73 years old, Said Mohamed Duale, as a result of a long illness in Yemen who was a six-time domestic champion, and from 1967 to 1978, he represented the ocean stars. And in March, due to complications with coronavirus, they lost another former international player Abdulhadir Mohamed Farah in London.

 

 The Al-Shabaab militants are suspected of having attacked Kanyare- they still have not taken responsibility.

 

Kanyare, who was born on May 15, 1980, was preparing to celebrate his birthday next week Friday as he turns 40. Somali FA is one of the lowly ranked football teams, according to FIFA, which placed it at 208 out of 211 nations. However, the team managed to pull a shock in Djibouti last year, September. They did this by frogmarching a heavyweight like Zimbabwe all by a solitary in Djibouti, where the world cup qualifications were played. The soccer development in Somalia had seen some major setbacks as a result of frequent unfriendly visits from Al-Shabaab as well as paranoia and abductions. The coronavirus outbreak only softened the blow as compared to what they faced daily.

Amidst all the chaos, death, and abductions, the federal government was able to put up a massive and modern stadium in Mogadishu. Kanyare’s unfortunate and gruesome murder comes as a shock and a tragedy to the people following the death of the games’ enthusiast and Somali basketball legend Bana Abdalla Ali days before in London. Abdalla was a household name that was recognized throughout the continent, according to British media, he died as a result of coronavirus.

The Al-Shabaab militants who happen to be prime suspects of this attack mainly because their frequent visits lately have made them famous for all the wrong reasons have not taken responsibility for the attack on former Somali goalie Kanyare, and the whole matter is being treated as routine violence. In the past, the Al-Shabaab militants have allegedly used a similar method to put down the people it suspected to be either Western or government spies.

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