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Nicknames: The Ocean Stars
Captain: Ilyas Mohamed
Most caps: Cisse Aadan Abshir (34)
Top scorer: Cisse Aadan Abshir (22)
Home stadium: Mogadiscio Stadium (Mogadishu)
The Somalia national football team, nicknamed The Ocean Stars, is the national football team of Somalia. It is controlled by the Somali Football Federation, and is a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA). It has never qualified for the final stages of a World Cup. FIFA sanctioned games cannot currently be played in Somalia due to the ongoingcivil war. All qualifying matches for the Africa Cup of Nations, the Arab Nations Cup and the World Cup must be played away from home.
The first Somali football teams were established in the 1940s. The competitions were basic in structure, and were associated with the anti-colonial movement. The Somali Youth League (SYL), the nation's first political party, had put together a team of local youth to play against the Italian expatriate teams. In 1958, the first Somali commissioner for sport was also established. The football squad the SYL had assembled, which would later change its name to Bondhere, won the first several competitions. However, it was not as successful in its early forays against foreign teams.
In 1982, the Somali national football team participated in its first FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. It lost on the away goals rule after having drawn two matches against Niger; the second leg of the series was played in Mogadishu on July, 27, 1980 and ended with a score of 1-1.
CAF World Cup Qualifiers
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is the administrative and controlling body for African association football. CAF represents the national football associations of Africa, runs continental, national, and club competitions, and controls the prize money, regulations and media rights to those competitions