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Young girls in far regions in Djibouti benefit from FIFA grassroots program

In an unprecedented move, Djiboutian football federation in collaboration with the world football’s governing body, FIFA, has concluded a two-week long grassroots development program, this time for young girls living outside the capital.

This is for the first time in Djiboutian football history that 200 girls including some as young as 7 years of age were brought together to teach them football under the FIFA grassroots program to encourage women’s involvement in the game.

Djiboutian football federation president, Souleiman Hassan Waberi launched the first phase of the program at Tadjourah soccer facility and was attended by 50 girls from Obokh region and 50 girls from Tadjourah region, while the second phase of the grassroots program for Ali Sabeih and Dihkil regions took place at the sports complex of Ali Sabeih and was attended by 100 girls, 50 from each region.

President, Souleiman Hassan Waberi, who talked to the media on Tuesday evening, thanked FIFA for helping his federation launch a successful grassroots development program for young girls, saying this was encouraging his dreams of increasing women’s football involvement in his country.

“This is the first time in history that we are doing such huge development program for girls and it is part of what I promised to do just after my election as president four years ago. I am happy that we have been able to do all what we pledged and our football now seems to be growing in comparison with how it was several years ago” president Souleiman Hassan Waberi said.

“We have set up a long-term development program for the 200 young girls at the two centers in Ali Sabeih and Tadjourah. A number of female coaches have employed and the girls will continue their training sessions outside their school periods” Djiboutian FA president, Souleiman Hassan Waberi said during his press conference.