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First Somali to play in the World Cup

The first Somali to play in the World Cup may be Muktar Ali, a 19 year old midfielder who is a Saudi born.

The teenager was born in Saudi Arabia in the holy city of Mecca to Somali parents, Muktar moved to Britain while at young age. Muktar has recently received the Saudi citizenship and a call up to the Mens National Team.

His county of birth Saudi Arabia has qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia next summer following a 1-0 win against Japan in their last AFC Round 3 Group B match last month.

Russia 2018 will mark Saudi Arabia’s return to the World Cup after an eight year hiatus. Saudi Arabia has played in four previous World Cups, qualifying first back in 1994 and playing in the next three World Cups (1998, 2002 and 2006).

Muktar Ali completed a permanent transfer from football powerhouse Chelsea to Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands made the announcement yesterday via twitter.

The midfielder  come to the limelight after playing for Chelsea Youth Academy and represented England at the U16 and U17 level.


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