AFC President concludes visit to Turkmenistan
Ashgabat: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa congratulated the newly elected President of the Football Federation of Turkmenistan (FFT) HE Purli Agamyradov in a bilateral meeting organised in Ashgabat on Sunday.
HE Agamyradov was elected as FFT President on March 29, 2018, replacing outgoing President Sapardurdy Toylyyev.
“I would like to congratulate HE Agamyradov for being elected as FFT President and we hope to work closely with him and his team,” Shaikh Salman said.
“I am hopeful that under his visionary leadership, Turkmenistan football will prosper and join the elites of Asia.
“I would also like to congratulate Turkmenistan for sealing a place in the finals of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 and I hope to see Turkmenistan national teams and clubs participating in future AFC competitions,” added the AFC President who visited the country’s state-of-the-art Olympic Complex that hosted the recently concluded Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games in September 2017.
Shaikh Salman also assured the newly elected President that the AFC would continue to work closely with the FFT to help develop the game in the Central Asian nation.
The FFT President HE Agamyradov thanked Shaikh Salman for his well wishes and for visiting Turkmenistan, which was the AFC President’s first visit to the country.
“I would like to thank Shaikh Salman for coming all the way here and for congratulating me,” said HE Agamyradov.
“I would like to assure the AFC and President Shaikh Salman that our commitment to develop football in the country and in the region will further increase in the near future.
“We are grateful for the AFC’s continued support to develop the game in the country,” he added.
FFT’s vision is to be best in the Central region and they have identified seven key areas in their five-year strategic plan to achieve their ambitions, which include education, competitions, marketing, national teams, youth football, women’s football and futsal.