Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President, pledged that the AFC will continue to use the power of football to benefit communities in need across Asia in the coming years.
Speaking at the first meeting of the AFC’s Social Responsibility (SR) Committee for the cycle 2019-2023 – chaired by AFC Vice President Zaw Zaw – Shaikh Salman said: “Unfortunately, there are many people in Asia who are living in difficult circumstances.
“The AFC believes that football can not only be a sport, but also a force to bring good and hope to so many people. We have carried out a lot of projects so far – many providing humanitarian aid – but we can still do more.”
“Through the AFC Dream Asia Foundation, we know that football can make a difference and bring a positive change to people across the Continent.”
The SR Committee Chairperson, Zaw Zaw, added to the message when he said: “The role of this committee is to do more to help and to serve those who need us the most.”
“Under the leadership and guidance of our President, the AFC has strengthened its belief to use football as an important tool for social development. Never before have we seen the power of football touch so many lives across Asia. More than 20 Member Associations have been impacted by our SR programmes.”
“And we have signed partnerships with some of the world’s leading organisations to further extend our reach and impact. Now the responsibility falls on us to build on this strong momentum.”
The Committee approved projects in Cambodia, Mongolia and Iraq in conjunction with NGOs, Member Associations and safeguarding agencies while they also received reports on the on-going work in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Guam, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, Palestine and the United Arab Emirates.