Garoonka Muqdisho – The symbol of peace and sport in Mogadishu

The facility was constructed in 1977 during the Siad Barre administration. Following the start of the civil war in the early 1990s, the stadium was used as a base by various armed factions. A few football matches were from that period intermittently staged, but the facility remained under the control of militants.

The Mogadishu stadium was damaged by the country’s civil war. In addition, it was a base for AMISOM troops. FIFA has recognized the renovated Mogadishu Stadium as an international stadium which means that the stadium can host international matches / Image source

In 2008, rebel groups besieged much of Mogadishu and other southern areas, banning all sporting activity. During the Battle of Mogadishu in 2011, the Somali National Army took over the capital and the stadium from the militants.

After 2013, the newly formed Somali Federal Government began the gradual renovation of the stadium. The renovation was completed in 2020. The Mogadishu stadium has a capacity of about 65,000 seats and can be used for a variety of sports such as football, sports, handball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and more.

The Mogadishu Stadium opened in 1977, when Somalia hosted the regional CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup that same year. Due to the war activity in the area, the stadium was damaged and abandoned / Image source

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