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Somali Football legend Said Du’ale dies in Yemen aged 73

Captain Saeed Duale Hogsade, one of the best superheroes in soccer during the late ’60s o mid-80s passed away peacefully in Aden, Yemen, Wednesday, following a brief illness.

He was buried where he was born 73 years ago at the Qadi’i cemetery after funeral prayers were conducted at the Ihsan Mosque of Dhawila, Crater District, Aden.

Captain Duale, according to his former teammates on the Somalia national team and Horseed, was a player whose skills were rarely seen in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

Saeed Duaale playing for Horseed in Somalia during 1970s, on the team photo pictured bottom left photo credit Hiiraanonline
Saeed Duaale playing for Horseed in Somalia during 1970s, on the team photo pictured bottom left photo credit Hiiraanonline

“An Italian coach of ours,”  a defense player who played against him in the ’70s reminisced, “tried to whisk him to Italy to play with of one of the leading clubs of the Liga. The Revolutionary regime quashed the attempt as it did not wish to lose him to any other side”.

“He was a striker no defender to face him would slip wink. He was that kind of a giant..in that niche of super strikers whose three shots at goal never ended without scores: if not all three at least two,” he added.

Duale won ‘Best Africa Player of the Year’ twice during those years.

Duale played most of his years with the Adenese champions Al Talal, leading them to victories never seen by the club before or after him.

Aden Times, writing of his sad death, wrote that Yemeni soccer saw its heyday while Duale was among its superstars.

“Captain Saeed Duale is considered one of the best footballers in Aden in the middle of the last century, specifically the period of the sixties and seventies, the golden period and the beautiful time of football in Aden, and that period witnessed the emergence of Captain / Saeed Duale along with a glittering constellation Among the local stars who emerged during this period and were able to form the first nucleus in the establishment of Aden and Aden football in particular,” it eulogized.

He was that kind of player who was accepted as the No. 1 striker for both Yemeni and Somali national teams – leading both to memorable feats without him it would have been difficult even to dream of.

In 1975 he travelled to the UAE where he signed a one-season contract with the Wahda during which his talents led the club to outshine its competitors.

In 1977-78 he played for the famous Egyptian Zamalek where, again, his skills earned him the adulation of the club’s sea of fans.

After officially retiring from his playing career, he became a lecturer in physical education in Aden, Yemen. He also served as a coach and ambassador for Al- Tilal FC Yemen’s oldest sports club.

His skills, according to fans in Somalia, Yemen, the Emirates and Egypt, who had the honour to watch him play, earned him an indelible fond spot etched in memories without fading for a moment even after 4 decades of his time on the pitch.

Yemen, since Duale passed on, has forgotten most of its woes and continued anguish as a war-ravaged country since his death, remembering a hero the likes of whom the nation had little hope of recovering.

The late Mohamed Ahmed Zeydi, dubbed the t “Soccer god’ in the ’50s in the same city, and another Somaliland-born star who was also, as Duale, a Yemeni by upbringing and education, was an idol who influenced Duale’s rise to fame.Waxay kala Masuugtay Inay Tacsiyadayso iska Daa inay Aaskiisa ka ...

Zeydi, who served as a Somaliland MP in the early and mid-90s is still remembered as the player and athlete who won 16 medals in one year on varied disciplines which included soccer (as striker and captain), sprint, high jump, long jump, and hockey.

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