Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi
Five Year Sponsor (2012-2016)
Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi is one of the world’s leading businessmen and philanthropists. He is of Ethiopian-Yemeni heritage. Although he has interests across the world, he has shown a particular commitment to his mother country of Ethiopia. In 2011, he undertook to support the 2012-2016 series of annual soccer tournaments to be organized by AESAONE.
His significant donation derives from a double commitment on his part – to Ethiopia and to soccer. He sponsored the CECAFA Cup, Africa’s oldest football competition, from 2004 to 2007 in the amount of $1.5 million and it was renamed in his honor the Al Amoudi Senior Challenge Cup in 2005 and 2006.
Sheikh Al Amoudi has provided 5m birr each to the National Ethiopian men’s and women’s football teams. The grant to the women’s team was made in advance of the Eighth African Women’s Championship. Although the Ethiopian women’s team did not qualify for the World Cup in 2012, there are high hopes for Ethiopian women’s football in the years to come and the Sheikh has committed himself to its support.
He supports St. George FC in Addis Ababa and helped fund Ethiopian diaspora soccer for many years before committing to AESAONE. Support for AESAONE is based on its program to unite Ethiopians through sporting events and to foster and educate those in the community about Ethiopian culture. He is also influenced by AESAONE’s commitment to the Olympic spirit – a belief that sport is a unifying force that operates at a level beyond ethnic, faith and political differences.