Somalia’s under-17 national football team has advanced to the finals of the CECAFA U17 – AFCONU17 Qualifiers.

After defeating Uganda 8-7 on penalties. Somalia has subsequently booked itself into the Total Energies AFCON U17 scheduled to take place in Algeria in 2023.

Algiers’ true identity was established in the 10th century when Emir Bologhine Ibn Ziri decided to make it his capital and named it in reference to a string of islets that cropped out at the Bay.

It is during this period that Algiers began to play a commercial role in the Mediterranean region.

Around 1510, the Spaniards occupied Penon Island opposite the port. In 1516, the Amir of Algiers, Selim Terumi, invited the Barbarossa brothers to expel the Spaniards and Algiers declared itself a vassal of the Ottoman Empire.

In July 1830, the city was taken by the French and it soon became the government’s headquarters military and administrative buildings were set up there, and the city began to grow.

From 1954 to 1962, the Algerian capital became the main center of the struggle for independence led by the National Liberation Front (FLN). The ‘Battle of Algiers’ in 1957 marked the turning point in the struggle for independence.

Algiers has grown to become a Mediterranean city full of history with its strategic location at the gates of Africa with monuments that give a remarkable touch such as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Africa, the Great Mosque of Algiers, the Kasbah district or Makam Echahid.