A football coach, Yusuf Ali Heydar has been killed in an accidental gunfire in Somalia and two players injured.
Ali Heydar who was the assistant coach of Bariga Dhexe FC was killed when soldiers opened fire on a car he and his players were travelling in on Monday, May 22.
According to reports, soldiers opened fire on the private car after the driver disobeyed orders to stop.
The coach and two players were returning from a short trip to the town of Afgoye when the tragic incident happened.
The two players Omar Moumin Omar and Abdullahi Mohamed Mayow are currently receiving treatment at Racep Tayyin Erdogan hospital in Mogadishu.
The Somali Football federation (SFF) confirmed the death of Ali Heydar in a statement.
“SFF is sharing the painful experience with the family of the slain coach. We pray for the quicker recovery of the two players” SFF said in their statement.
“The players were travelling in a private car, not a team bus as some media outlets reported.
“The footballers were not targeted because as a football family we are not in fight with anyone and this tragedy was accidental. The media should look for what is accurate and they have to contact the concerned people if they are unsure of what to report.” the SFF statement read.
The SFF have also called for a full investigation into the incident that led to the death of the coach.