Internationally unrecognized Somaliland is shifting gear towards her push for self-determination through sports.
Somaliland declared its independence in 1991 after the Somali civil war had broken out in 1988, and now claims the territory that was once part of the British Somaliland protectorate.
Despite their government controlling most of the area that it claims, and of being comparatively more stable than the rest of Somalia, the unrecognized nation has not managed to change its status as an international pariah.
It has for three decades now used diplomatic means to gain recognition to the African Union and the United Nations.
All these have not yet bore any fruits despite the country’s leadership and citizenry maintaining there is light at the end of the tunnel.
But the nation now sees sports as another avenue to gain recognition.
“The government is doing its best through political-diplomatic ways to push for international recognition, but we also want the world to acknowledge us as a state through sports,” said Mohammed Nuh, the Somaliland Director of Sports.