Former FIFA referee Hassan Haji Yabarow alias Wiish has confirmed interest to stand for the presidency of the Somalia Football Federation (SFF).
Wiish has vowed to change the face of football in the war-torn country, amidst the long-standing struggles, beginning off with cleansing the FA.
“I intend to restore the image and respect of the Somalia Football Federation, both in the region and the world,” he began off in an interview with Football256.
The football circles in the country have been marred with perennial high corruption tendencies, which also had former president, Abidigan Said Arab voted out of office earlier in the year.
Mohamed Ali Abdi was appointed as the interim boss till the end of 2022 when a permanent president will be ushered in, and Wiish feels he is the best-suited candidate.
“I hold the best vision for the SFF, I am highly motivated by the great football talent in the country and we shall create the best environment for the development, branding, and protection of the football,” he rumbled.
“Short-term, we intend to organize international friendlies for both our national team and clubs. We also want to reorganize the governance structures of the SFF.”
“In the long run, we want to take football to the grassroots and use football as a unifying factor in our society.”
“We have the biggest percentage of youths in the world, so, we want to use football to create jobs for this population,” added Wiish.
Besides being a former FIFA referee, Wiish has also previously served as a CAF Referee’s Assessor, CAF Commissioner, and Chairman Referees Committee.
He is expected to battle it out with Mohamed Ali Abdi and another, yet to be confirmed candidate, for the four-year term.