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Mogadishu, Somalia


Experienced Somalia International midfielder who joined the Pitmen from league rivals Nantwich Town in December 2023

Born in war-torn Somalia in 1990 but raised in the Netherlands after moving there aged 5, Ali and his brother Mohamud both showed promise from a young age, with Ahmed joining Alphense Boys as a youngster and making his first team debut during the 2009-2010 season. In July 2010, he moved to second-tier side Jong ADO Den Haag, making nine appearances for the Storks through the campaign

Ali joined Gouda-based CVV de Jodan Boys in the summer of 2011, which was to prove a breakthrough for the young midfielder as he established himself in the side throughout the next two seasons, making over fifty appearances in the Eerste Klasse - the sixth tier of Dutch football. He also earned his first call-up for the Somalia national side in November 2012, making the first of eight appearances for his country in a game against Burundi

A move to England came about in the summer of 2013, with Ali looking to continue his law studies in the UK and in particular Manchester, linking up with Northern Premier League Division One South side Northwich Victoria as the Vics finished ninth in the league at the end of the season

A return to the Netherlands for the 2014-015 season saw Ali link up with Rijnburgse Boys, who played their football in Holland's fourth tier at the time. He made nineteen starts during the campaign, scoring twice, before returning to the UK to sign for Sheffield FC in October 2015. In his five months there, he saw the World's oldest football club continue to struggle towards the foot of the Northern Premier League Division One South table

The summer of 2016 saw Ali relocate to the West Midlands and joined Midland Football League side Bromsgrove Sporting. He enjoyed a good early spell at the Victoria Ground, which attracted interest from further up the pyramid. Step three neighbours Redditch United signed the midfielder in October 2016. However, after only six weeks at the Valley Stadium, Ali returned to Bromsgrove for the remainder of the season as the Rouslers romped to the Midland Football League title and promotion to step four

However, Ali's career went on hold for much of the following season as he was jailed for twelve months in August 2017 for his part in defrauding a McArthur Glenn Oufit. He returned to Bromsgrove upon his release, playing a handful of games for the Rouslers in February 2018 before signing for local rivals Halesowen Town for the remainder of the season and into the early stages of the 2018-2019 season

A return to Redditch was in the offing for the player in October 2018, starting five games for the Southern Premier League side before electing to move to Qatar in January 2019 for a spell. He returned to Halesowen in December 2019, but almost immediately saw the season ended by the coronavirus pandemic

The 2020-2021 season also went the same way within a few games of it starting, with Ali remaining at the Yeltz throughout and balancing his football with his work commitments overseas. He made a handful of appearances in the 2021-2022 season before taking the 2022-2023 season off from football to concentrate on business elsewhere

In August 2023, he and his brother Mohamud - now an established non-league player in the Manchester area - both linked up with newly relegated Northern Premier League West side Nantwich Town. Ali was a virtual ever-present for the Dabbers in the first half of the campaign, scoring three times, before electing to return to the Midlands and sign for Harry Harris's Pitmen


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