Somalia Champions

Championships were already organised during Italian colonial rule (at least between 1932/33 and 1939/40) but no further data are known apart from the participating (Italian) clubs in 1937/38 and 1939/40.

The first Somali clubs were established around the 1940s, but no organised leagues were held. One of the main teams was called Bondhere (earlier called SYL "Leego"), established by the SYL (Somali Youth League), which won (one of?) the first competition(s?) under Somali management in 1958.
Other early Somali clubs to be established were the transport team (Autoparco), the Public Works Department (LLPP/Jeenyo), Shibis, Hamarweyne, and Wardhiigley. These teams later changed names. Gaadiidka (then known as Autobar, possibly identical to Autoparco) reportedly won three successive titles between 1955 and 1957, remaining unbeaten in 1956. The police and military teams became the strongest ones, and as matches between them resulted in conflict and tensions, they were eventually combined to form Horseed.

NB: various of the seasons below (at least prior to 2000) probably
    were fall/spring seasons, but this is only confirmed for the
    championship seasons of Horseed.

1967    Somali Police (Mogadishu)            [aka Booliska]
1968    Hoga (Mogadishu)                     [aka Xoogga]
1969    Lavori Publici (Mogadishu)           [aka Jeenyo "LLPP"]
1970    Lavori Publici (Mogadishu)           [aka Jeenyo "LLPP"]
1971    Lavori Publici (Mogadishu)           [aka Jeenyo "LLPP"]
1971/72 Horseed FC (Mogadishu)
1972/73 Horseed FC (Mogadishu)
1973/74   unknown (Horseed?)
1975    Mogadishu Municipality               [aka Muqdisho]
1976/77 Horseed FC (Mogadishu)
1977/78 Horseed FC (Mogadishu)
1978/79 Horseed FC (Mogadishu)
1979/80 Horseed FC (Mogadishu)
1980/81 Lavori Publici (Mogadishu)           [aka Jeenyo "LLPP"]
1982    Wagad (Mogadishu)                    [newly promoted]
1983    National Printing Agency (Mogadishu) [aka Madbacadda Qaranka]
1984    Marine Club (Mogadishu)              [aka Badda]
1985    Wagad (Mogadishu)
1986    Mogadishu Municipality               [aka Muqdisho]
1987    Wagad (Mogadishu)
1988    Wagad (Mogadishu)
1989    Mogadishu Municipality               [aka Muqdisho]
1990    Gaadiidka                            [aka Jadidka]
1991-93   not played (?)
1994    Morris Supplies (Mogadishu)          [aka Shirkadda Morris]
1995    Alba
1996-97   not played (?)
1998    Ports Authority                      [aka Dekedaha Naadiga or Dekadda "Badda"]
1999    Banaadir Telecom (Mogadishu)    
2000    Elman FC (Mogadishu)
2001    Elman FC (Mogadishu)
2002    Elman FC (Mogadishu)
2003    Elman FC (Mogadishu)    
2004-06 Banaadir Telecom (Mogadishu)    
2007    Ports Authority                      [aka Dekedaha Naadiga or Dekadda "Badda"]
2008      not held
2008/09 Banaadir Telecom (Mogadishu)   
2009/10 Banaadir Telecom (Mogadishu)   
2011    Elman FC (Mogadishu)
2012    Elman FC (Mogadishu)
2013/14 Banaadir Telecom (Mogadishu)   
2014/15 Heegan (Mogadishu)   
2015/16 Banaadir Telecom (Mogadishu)   

NB: the 2003 championship was the 34th edition, meaning 4 are missing from
    the list above, presumably in the 1990s.  The 2009/10 edition wa
    the 38th.
    Player profiles at the Elman FC homepage would appear to
    indicate that the 4 national titles they won were not from
    2000 to 2003 but the first in 1997, the second in 1999, the
    third in 2001 and the last in 2003;
    the 2004 championship (reportedly the 35th edition) started in 
    September 2004 but was suspended after a few weeks and not resumed
    until August 2006;
    Elman's entry in the CECAFA Club Cup 2006 was either based on their
    2003 title or the fact that they topped the table when the 2004 league
    was suspended;
    the 2011 edition reportedly was the 36th.

Number of Titles (39 (since 1967); 1 (or 3?) missing)

 6 Banaadir Telecom (Mogadishu) [formerly called Conis]
   Elman FC (Mogadishu)
   Horseed FC (Mogadishu)

 4 Lavori Publici (Mogadishu) [now called LLPP Jeenyo]
   Wagad (Mogadishu)

 3 Mogadishu Municipality

 2 Dekadaha (Mogadishu) [aka Ports Authority, Ports FC]

 1 Alba 
   Heegan (Mogadishu) [may be related to Somali Police]   
   Hoga (Mogadishu)
   Gaadiidka    [*]
   Marine Club (Mogadishu) [related to Dekadaha?]
   Morris Supplies (Mogadishu)
   National Printing Agency (Mogadishu)
   Somali Police (Mogadishu) [may be related to Heegan]

[*] in 2014 it was reported Gaadiidka (as Autobar) also won three successive 
    championships in 1955, 1956 and 1957; in 1956 they won the league unbeaten

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