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AFC President meets Hong Kong Chief Executive

Saturday, March 10, 2018
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Hong Kong: Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa​, the President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC),​ ​has ​met the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region​,​ Mrs. Carrie Lam​,​ in Hong Kong.

Shaikh Salman, who was accompanied by Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) President Mr. Timothy Fok, discussed football ​issues including the​ development ​of the game ​in Hong Kong a​t the meeting at Government House which took place on Friday.​

“I​t was a pleasure to meet with Chief Executive Mrs Lam and ​to be given the opportunity to discuss the AFC’s V​ision and ​M​ission​ objectives​ of football development​ for our Member Associations, in​cluding​ Hong Kong,” said Shaikh Salman.

“​I​ shared ​the AFC's​​ thoughts ​on future progress ​and stressed the key role ​that ​the HKFA plays not only in the region but also within Asia.”

Talks centred on the popularity of football in Hong Kong and ​the ​HKFA’s continuing efforts to ​rais​e the level of the game​, efforts which have already led to Hong Kong teams regularly tak​ing​ part in AFC’s competitions, including the flagship AFC Champions League.

“I appreciate the great support the ​Hong Kong G​overnment provides to the HKFA ​as it looks to​ expand football in Hong Kong and the results of this partnership are there for all to see,” said Shaikh Salman.

The AFC President reiterated his commitment to cooperating closely with the HKFA, which was founded in 1914 and is one of the oldest Football Associations in the world ​- as well as​ being a founding member of AFC.

“The HKFA is a key Member Association of AFC and under President Timothy Fok’s leadership the game continues to make rapid progress,” said Shaikh Salman. “We will continue to work together to ensure that their full potential is realised.”