Somalia to get a replacement at Inter Cities Committee after Eng Bana quitting

Published: December 8, 2015

5f5b1f9b-5b46-42c5-9272-3309beeef0d4After the recent stepping aside of the London Underground expert, Engineer Bana Abdalla Ali [Somalia] from his role at the Inter Cities Basketball Committee, sources close to the East and Central Africa basketball body indicate that a successor to Eng Bana will soon be in place.
According to the reliable sources the replacement official from Somalia is expected to be appointed any times in the next few weeks or days.
The sources said that since his quitting, Engineer Bana Ali, who served for years as the Media and Marketing Commissioner for the Inter Cities Committee, has been working hard on how a replacement official from Somalia will be appointed to his former role at the East and Central Africa Inter Cities Basketball Committee.
The efforts now seem to be yielding positive result for the country, as a Somali official is expected to be in place soon.
The London Underground expert recently announced his stepping aside in a letter he wrote to the president of East and Central Africa Inter Cities Basketball Committee, Mr. Simon Msoffe in which he said he earned much experience over the years he served as the basketball committee’s head of media and marketing commission.
“It is with sadness to inform you that this letter is my formal resignation from my post as the head of Marketing and media commission. I am very honored and grateful to have been a member of the East and Central Africa Basketball Committee board” Engineer Bana Ali said in his resignation letter.
“Taking such a decision has not been very easy, but I have decided that it will be in the best interest for my professional career” said Engineer Bana Ali adding that over the years he had enjoyed with working in a group of enthusiastic and productive people.
FIBA Africa commissioner, Agina Wesonga [Kenya] who is also member of the Inter Cities committee, said that his committee was welcoming Engineer Bana’s resignation if he decided to take a break, adding that he did a good job over the years he has been member of the committee.
Engineer Bana who previously served as Somali Basketball Federation Secretary General, was the man who in 2009 resumed Somalia’s positions in the Pan Arab Basketball Federation and that of FIBA Africa Zone 5 after decades of Somalia’s absence from the committees due to civil wars.
He is now respected in his homeland [Somalia] as the most hardworking Secretary General in Somalia’s basketball history.
“Engineer Bana Ali had lent a forceful commitment to promotion of Somali basketball in particularly the efforts he did to revive Somali basketball’s involvement in Africa and the Arab world after years of setbacks” said Somali Basketball Federation’s interim Secretary General, Abdi Abdulle Ahmed AKA Baasaale.
However, Engineer Bana Ali has now taken another great responsibility in the Middle East, where he will be leading a group of Engineers from London Underground who will construct underground train tracks across the Middle East.
He will be based in the Qatari capital of Doha to lead the installation process of the railways which will be connecting through the Arab world.
By Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar

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