BOW BASED STUDENT OVER THE MOON TO REPRESENT HIS COUNTRY AT INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL
Football mad science student Abdisemedd Gaima, 19, from Bow, is delighted to be playing his part in helping put his young country on the world map through the joy of football.
Abdi, a student at Tower Hamlets College is an international footballer for Somaliland, representing the country at under 23 level. As well as playing international football, he plays regularly for the College football team and semi-pro for Tower Hamlets FC.
He represented Somaliland in their first overseas international match in Sweden, where the country defeated their hosts 1-0 in a match played at Vrigstad, southern Sweden. The winning goal was also scored by an ex-Tower Hamlets College student.
Abdi and his Somaliland compatriots are now in the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations, which his taking place at the Memorial Park in West Ham.
Somaliland is located in the horn of Africa and although it isn’t recognised as a country by the world community, it has had its own government, laws and institutions, police force and currency since the collapse of Somalia in the early 90s, when it broke away after the overthrow of the military dictatorship.
Of his footballing success, Abdi said:
“This is the first time Somaliland has had a team, so I was delighted to help us make history. I love playing football and hope to eventually play professionally.”
His coach at the college, Ajiobola Olatunbosin said:
“Abdi is a very talented player and to represent your country is the highest honour any sportsperson can achieve, so we are very proud of him.”