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Al Shabaab Attack: Somalia Official Hospitalised in Saudi Arabia

Uganda U-19 boys’ coach Henry Okecho is confident the Baby Cranes have very high chances of winning the ICC Regional U-19 World Cup Qualifiers that have started today and automatically qualify for the 2016 World Cup in Bangladesh.

Okecho who is taking his side through drills in the Tanzanian capital, information pills dosage http://center4research.org/wp-includes/embed.php Dar says the boys are ready to deliver.

“The team is faring quite well in training and the players have promised to fight their hearts out to qualify for the World Cup. It’s a round robin format and trust by the end we shall be set for the World Cup, tadalafil see http://centthor.com/wp-admin/includes/continents-cities.php ” Okecho tells ChimpReports on phone from Tanzania.

“Strategically, the team has achieved a lot and we know what to do with opponents like big opponents Kenya,” he said.

He says the best team will automatically qualify; while the second placed will have an opportunity to also make it to the World Cup by playing in the Global qualifiers that will have six teams. The qualifiers, which will be played at the Annadil Burhani, University of Dar es Salaam and Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club grounds, will involve six nations, including Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, Nigeria and hosts Tanzania.

Mukono Parents SS student Derrick Bakunzi captains Uganda’s team which also has Abdalah Lubega, Zephania Arinaitwe and John Gabula among others.

Bakunzi exuded confidence that Uganda has a chance of winning the tournament and sail through to the Bangladesh finals; “The players are ready to exploit the opportunity to qualify for the World Cup,” the youngster revealed. The qualifiers will run upto February 19th.

The team was in Nairobi, Kenya, recently for a series of trial matches to shape up for the qualifiers.


Some of the players in the team are Frank Akankwasa, Abdalah Lubega, R. Olipa, S. Nsubuga, Ashiraf Majid Senkubuge, Meet Bharatbhai Dobariya, Parvan Mahendrakumar Patel, John Gabula, Zephania Arinaitwe, David Wabwire, Collins Okwalinga, Kenneth Waiswa and Trevor Bukenya.
Reports coming in indicate that Somalia’s deputy Prime Minister Mohammed Omar Arte was wounded in the Friday bombings of the Central Hotel in the capital Mogadishu.

Officials said Arte was immediately flown to Saudi Arabia for emergency treatment.

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council have since joined the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) in strongly condemning the deadly terrorist attack on the Central Hotel in Mogadishu, which was claimed by Al-Shabaab.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban expressed his deepest condolences to the Government of Somalia and the families of those killed, and wished the injured swift recovery. He also paid tribute to the Somali security forces that brought the situation under control.

“The Secretary-General also reaffirmed the strong resolve of the United Nations to continue supporting the people and Government of Somalia, who are working to rebuild peace and prosperity in their country,” the UN chief in his statement, adding that the attacks could not deter the collective will of the Somali people to move forward, or the commitment of the United Nations.

In a separate statement, the Security Council said that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation, wherever and whenever and by whosoever committed.

The members of the Council reiterated their support to all actors working towards more peace and stability in Somalia, including both the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Also condemning the attack, UNSOM chief Nicholas Kay said such an indiscriminate attack against the Somali people “is a cruel and despicable crime intended to rob Somalis of their hope for a better future.”

Yet he stressed that despite such inhuman atrocities, Somalis are successfully rebuilding their Government institutions and security forces after more than two decades of state failure and conflict.

Mr. Kay, who is also the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, said the United Nations in Somalia remained resolute in its support for the Somali people and would continue working to help Somalis realise their hopes and aspirations for a peaceful and stable future.

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Somalia’s Forum for Unity and Democracy also strongly condemned the brutal and deplorable attack at the Central Hotel.

“We offer our sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed or injured in this heinous attack,” the political organisation said in a statement seen by ChimpReports on Saturday.

“The Forum is deeply concerned by the security situation in Mogadishu and the welfare of the Somali people. The constant attacks against innocent civilians, government officials and the security forces must be addressed by all stakeholders.

“The attack highlights the need for government, security forces, and communities to work together in addressing security and extremism. We need to put national interests above personal interests in order to improve the security of our country.”

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