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Jeenyo are champions of General Da’ud cup in Somalia

Storyline:National News

Jeenyo Football Club has won the 2016 edition of Somalia General Da’ud cup  after beating their rivals of Banadir Sports club 4-1 on penalties in the  final match played at the FIFA-rebuilt facility, stadium Banadir on  Sunday.

Banadir Sports Club who are Somalia’s current champions, took the lead of  the hotly-contested match in the 40th minute with a goal scored by Kiene  Kafunyo [No 14], before Qeys Abdulle Moalim  [No 16] made it 2-0 in favor  of Banadir Sports Club just three minutes to the end of the first half.

Jeenyo FC made successive attacks on opponent’s side and managed to come  up from behind after Abdi Aziz Mohamed Atosh [No 10] netted the opening  goal for his team in the 45th minute, while Mohamed Abdi Nur [No 7] bagged the equalizing goal in the 65th minute of the match.

Howver, Jeenyo FC were lucky to win the trophy 4-1 on penalties after the  match ended in stalemate during the normal period that it takes to play a  football match plus the extra time.

The final match was watched by Somali FA president, Abdiqani Said Arab,  his senior vice president, Ali Abdi Mohamed, SFF executive committee  members, club authorities and tens of thousands of spectators.

All matches of the 2016 edition of General Da’ud cup were screened live on  Access TV and Mogadishu Cable. This was the first time that all matches of  an entire football competition were watched live on Television since  Somalia started to put matches live on TV screens late last year.

General Da’ud Cup is the second most populous sporting event in Somalia after the National football league.

The Somali Football Federation has  been organizing the annual event since 1972 and it is held in the  remembrance of General Da’ud Abdulle, the founding father of Somalia’s  Armed Forces.

The late father of Somali Army died in 1965.

This year’s General Da’ud Cup was broadened and contested by 16 football  clubs.