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.
Guangzhou: Guangzhou Evergrande assistant coach Massimiliano Maddaloni was disappointed at the club's quarter-final exit from the AFC Champions League on Wednesday but he had no regrets about the tactics and line-up employed by the defending champions, who were eliminated on away goals by Australia's Western Sydney Wanderers.
Guangzhou: Coach Tony Popovic insists Western Sydney Wanderers will not "get cold feet" in Wednesday's AFC Champions League quarter-final second leg with defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande as the A-League side seek to defend a slender one-goal advantage at Tianhe Sport Centre.
Former champions Al Sadd will seek to return to the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League for only the second time in 12 years as the 2011 champions look to overcome a 1-0 deficit against Saudi giants Al Hilal in Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg.