The Somali FA president and the head of the Somali National Olympic Committee both lost their lives after a bomb detonated in a suicide attack in the Somali Capital, Mogadishu on Wednesday. At least seven people are said to have been killed by the blast.
In a statement released by the FIFA president Blatter, he said:
“I am shocked to hear about the attack that has today taken the lives of several people in Madadishu, including the president of the Somali Football Federation Said Mohamed Nur and Somali Olympic Committee president Aden Yabarow Wiish.
“I knew both men personally and can only say good things about their endless efforts to promote sport and football in their country. They will be sorely missed.
“At this very sad time, my thoughts and those of FIFA and the worldwide football community are with the families and loved ones of all the victims of this attack, and especially to the football and sport family of Somalia.”
In a statement released by the president of the Confederation of African Football Issa Hayaton, he said:
“I would like to express my deepest sympathy and send my condolences to the families of those killed in this terrible blast as well as to the Olympic and Football family of Somalia and to the people of Somalia.
“It is another black day for African football. It’s a tragedy, as Somali football lost a great leader with grassroots vision who was actively committed to football development despite very challenging conditions.”