AFC President meets Hong Kong Chief Executive
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 at the meeting at Government House which took place on Friday.
“It was a pleasure to meet with Chief Executive Mrs Lam and to be given the opportunity to discuss the AFC’s Vision and Mission objectives of football development for our Member Associations, including 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 raise the level of the game, efforts which have already led to Hong Kong teams regularly taking part in AFC’s competitions, including the flagship AFC Champions League.
“I appreciate the great support the Hong Kong Government 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.”