Hong Kong: AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa joined a host of dignitaries from the world of football on Wednesday as the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) hosted a centennial celebration dinner to mark the 100th anniversary of its foundation.
Shaikh Salman, who was invited by the HKFA as an ‘officiating guest’ alongside FIFA President Sepp Blatter, congratulated the HKFA on their contribution to the development of football in their country and the region over the past hundred years.
The AFC President expressed his hope that the centennial celebrations would usher in a new era of prosperity and success for Hong Kong football and reiterated his commitment to ensuring the AFC provides the assistance needed for the development of the game in all the confederation’s member associations.
Shaikh Salman is also in Hong Kong to attend the opening of the Regional Development Seminar, organised by FIFA and the AFC for presidents, general secretaries and technical managers of East Asian football federations as well as to inaugurate the refurbished offices of the Hong Kong Football Association, which was financed as part of the second stage of FIFA’s Goal Project.
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Al Ain: AFC Champions League 2014 quarter-finalists Al Ain have recalled Frenchman Jires Kembo Ekoko from his successful loan spell at Qatar’s El Jaish with his arrival completing the four-man foreign player quota for Zlatko Dalic’s side.