The Mogadishu mayor held talks with AMISOM officials over Mogadishu Stadium
Mogadishu Mayor, Abdirahman Omar Osman on Saturday evening held talks with AU Special Envoy to Somalia, Francisco Madeira and AMISOM force commander, Lt. Jim Besigye Owoyesigire on means to vacate the biggest sporting facility.
The sides agreed to chart out plans to hand over the premises to Somali Government.
Last year, the country’s assistant minister for Sport, Ahmed Omar Islow said that the mission withdrew a significant number of its troops form the stadium.
Islow pledged that Mogadishu Stadium will be rehabilitated by the government following the conclusion of AU withdrawal process from the stadium as the football facility had been paralyzed since 1991 when Somali central collapsed.
The government with AU amid calls by Somali Sports bodies to vacate the stadium is increasing.
The continental forces have been occupying the stadium over seven years since after they forcibly took over the stadium from Al-Shabaab fighters.
Mogadishu stadium which has a capacity to hold 60,000 people had been military base different forces including US forces, Al-Shabaab and AMISOM for over 27 years.