Somalia set for two int’l friendlies ahead of WC qualifier clashes against Algeria and Uganda

For the first time in its footballing history, Somalia will play two international friendly games within a week, in the run up to 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier clashes set for November. This is part of Somalia’s 2026 FIFA World Cup campaign.

A delegation composing of 16 footballers and 6 officials left Mogadishu on Sunday on their way to Morocco where they will be joined by 13 other players who trade their business in foreign football leagues on Monday.

Headed by Moroccan tactician, Rachid Lousteque, Somalia is set to play two international friendlies in the next FIFA window, the first international friendly against Niger on October 14, while on October 17 Somalia will face Sierra Leone in the second friendly. Both international friendlies will take place at Stade Berrechid in Morocco.

Meanwhile, in the first two matches of its World Cup campaign, Somalia will encounter Algeria on November 13, while on 21st of November Somalia will welcome Uganda to Morocco where Somalia will be using as its home for the world Cup qualifier clashes.

“This year we are playing two international friendlies; it will be the first time Somalia plays international friendlies. I am very delighted that we are in action ahead of our FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Algeria and Uganda “Somali Football Federation president, Ali Abdi Mohamed, said while seeing off the team at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport on Sunday.

The president thanked his Moroccan counterpart Fousi Lakjaa for allowing Somalia to use Morocco as its home ground, as Somalia is not currently ready for hosting international matches.

Somali Football Media Department