The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Development Committee today, October 27 praised the Asian football family for demonstrating great unity during the COVID-19 pandemic and for standing together in solidarity amidst this period of uncertainty.
In a virtual meeting, chaired by Kanya Keomany, the AFC Development Committee unanimously agreed on the importance of ensuring that the AFC is in the best possible position to assist and protect its Member Associations in the long-term.
In her opening address, Deputy Chairperson Keomany said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has created huge problems for the whole world. Lives and jobs have been lost. Football has been badly affected, and the AFC has also been impacted.
“We are known for our unity and solidarity and this is once again the time for us to join hands and to support each other. I thank you all for your understanding and cooperation to face this great challenge together.”
The Committee acknowledged the need to reflect and consolidate the various Development programmes in the short-term.
The Committee also noted the commitment of the AFC Member Associations, which has not only allowed the AFC to begin its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic but also deliver the successful resumption of the AFC Champions League in the West region earlier this month – with the East Zone and then the Final set to follow in November and December 2020.
The Committee also extended their deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Chairperson Salem Said Salem Al Wahaibi on the passing of his father. Ms Keomany added, “Our thoughts are with our chairman and his family. We send our deepest sympathies.”