Khadar Ibrahim among earlier Somali-Americans to earn statewide athletic honors in Minnesota varsity sports
Earning a special congratulations at the Nov. 9 Pelican Rapids School Board meeting was Khadar Ibrahim.
The Pelican Rapids senior is the first Viking soccer player to earn All State honors.
The announcement was made around the time of the Section championship, where the Pelican boys played a hard fought contest with St. Cloud Prep.
Activities and athletics director Derrick Nelson said he wanted to publicly recognize Ibrahim at the school board session.
“Khadar proved this season that he is the most influential player that has come through our program so far,” wrote Coach John Peter, about his top player.
Pelican was down only 1-0 to the much larger school until the final few minutes, when St. Cloud kicked in two goals. Final score was 3-0. But the fact that Pelican competed toe-to-toe with St. Cloud, with an enrollment that is essentially five times larger than Pelican, was a remarkable feat for Pelican. The varsity soccer program has only been in existence five years.
Ibrahim tied the school record for goals scored in a season with 14, doing this while playing 5 less games than previous seasons due to illness and a season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also leads the Vikings all-time with 28 career goals while also distributing 13 assists throughout his career.
Ibrahim played the role in our attack of the “enganche.“ While this is more or less the attacking midfielder, it translates directly in Spanish to “the steering wheel,” explained Peter.
“His role in our team is unique and everything we did was built around his play and movements in the attack. His discipline and drive helped propel the team deep into the playoffs and to be recognized by coaches around the region and state in receiving the All State award is completely deserving of his level of play this season,” said Peter.