Last week, Somalia’s Under-17 national football team made history by reaching the final of the regional Cecafa football tournament in Burundi.
The team beat Uganda 1-0 in the semifinals to face Tanzania in the final which was held on Sunday, 29 April.
Unfortunately for Somali football fans, the team from the Horn of Africa country was beaten 2-0 by the Tanzanian side in a match played at a waterlogged stadium.
Despite the loss, the Somali team were hailed as heroes and praised back home.
The president, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, even gave the team a telephone call and congratulated them on reaching the final.
But as the team returned to Mogadishu on Tuesday, Somali leaders were accused of abandoning the national heroes.
Well-known Somali journalist Jamal Osman shared a photo on Twitter appearing to show a group of young men preparing to board a tuktuk,
The difference between Hassan Sheikh, former #Somali President V his successor @Farmaajo on welcoming national teams.
The former invited them to the Presidential Palace.
The latter abandons them on the streets. pic.twitter.com/4IhCeTkLAw
— Jamal Osman (@JamalMOsman) May 1, 2018
Mogadishu mayor Abdirahman Yarisow even apologized for the treatment the boys received in Mogadishu.
“I am very sorry that the players had board a tuktuk from the airport. We prepared buses and organized supporters to receive the team. We book Hotel Sahafi for them as well. The government must get to the root of how this was allowed to happen, ” he tweeted.
Aad baan uga xumahay in cayaartoydii ay Bajaaj raacaan waana baareynaa sababta. Gobolka waxuu diyaariyey busses iyo shacab soo dhoweeya kuna hubsanay Hotel Saxafi ka dibna ciddii u fasaxday waa in Dowladda Federaalka ay baartaa
— Abdirahman O. Osman (@engyarisow) May 1, 2018