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Bashir Hayford quit Somalia coaching role

Bashir Hayford has resigned from his position as head coach of the Somalian national team due to security reasons.

The experience gaffer has stepped down as head coach after 11 months into his contract citing political and ethnical conflicts – leading to missiles and grenades flying over his head almost every day.

He led the Ocean Stars to secure their first-ever win since January 2009 after beating Zimbabwe 1-0 in a World Cup Qualifier but sadly lost the return leg 3-1.

“I’m faring well in Somalia but the little challenge is the volatile situation. Every day there is a bomb blast. Sometimes, I see thick smoke all over and it is scary but I’m managing,” he told Accra-based Angel FM.

“As for guns, it is like Christmas knockout in Ghana. Every day gunshots are flying all over. My short stay here has made me realize that Ghana is really blessed.”

Hayford move to Mogadishu in March 2019 and was gearing to unite a conflict-prone Somalia through football, but it wasn’t to be as the same infighting has forced him to severe ties with Eastern African country.

By: Kofi Amoah
Twitter: @milikykophy

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