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By Harry Poole & John Bennett
Not every teacher can claim to have become a part of a few of the greatest upsets in global football’s history.
But that’s part of a week’s work.
Well, not very.
Thursday was certainly no ordinary night for its Somalia national group, since the side positioned 202nd from 211 from the Fifa rankings recorded a remarkable first triumph in World Cup qualifying.
A dramatic winner sparked jubilant celebrations as the Ocean Stars – that the team in African football – amazed 90 places were rated by a Zimbabwe team over them 1-0 from the first leg of the preliminary round match in Djibouti.
National League North player Ali, who possesses a driving school in Manchester, played with the full match at centre-back that nighttime while his brother Ahmed supplied the assist for the winning target and captained the side.
„I told my students that I’d be going off to play football,“ said Mohamud, 25. „Obviously , they wanted to continue their course but they were all absolutely delighted for me personally and I assured them I would be back quite soon.
„The service has been amazing. We were trending on Twitter worldwide. It is a giant-killing when you consider it. They were the most highest-ranked team playing at the preliminary round and we were the lowest.
„Nobody expected us to win and if we do manage to get through to the group stage that would be an unbelievable achievement. Nevertheless, it’s gone down in history“
Heading into Thursday evening, Somalia had not won a qualifying game for 35 years – or really a fixture of any sort because January 2009.
Feeling a winless beaten at precisely exactly the exact identical period of World Cup qualifying four decades ago, and streak since that remote 1-0 victory against Tanzania, there was little awareness of an upset.
Mohamud, whose function as a driving teacher allows him to fit in a time for instruction, considers the end result has made the sacrifices to be a footballer worthwhile.
The defender said:“It was quite emotional, very emotional, only knowing that countless people are watching the game in each and every corner of earth. This help was given by my brother and we had a minute hugging to the pitch.
„Our parents were created in Somalia and are delighted that we’ve performed for the nation on this large stage. We just need to continue making history on this group.“
His brother along with skipper Ahmed added:“When the final whistle had been blown I understood this was news. It awakened in straight away.
„We had been joking that in the event that you have a look at our previous results all that you see is a red’L‘ next to all the scores but today we’ve got a green’W‘ and long will that last.“
The initial leg, a’house‘ tie to the Ocean Stars, was played in neighbouring Djibouti because of the unstable security situation in Somalia – however, that the result went far from unnoticed as Fifa matched the match on its own site along with also the lowly team trended globally on social networking.
And, together with the prospect of an almost unthinkable first appearance from the group stages of World Cup qualification 90 minutes away along with the second leg on Tuesday, Somalia’s president has invited the team to visit.
„Apparently the scenes back are incredible, so if we do go back after the second leg the reception would be incredible,“ said Mohamud.
„Now Zimbabwe understand what we’re about they will need to prepare differently for this particular match but we are in a strong position.
„We have made history but we’re not done here. We know there is a lot more to come from us. So we’ll go there and elaborate ourselves“
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