AFC MAs continue to contribute towards the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Member Associations as well as Asian clubs and players continue to lend their unwavering support to the communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by donating funds, medical supplies and hospital equipment.
The Myanmar Football Federation (MFF), Chinese national team members and clubs exemplify the AFC’s Social Responsibility message that “Football Cares” by assisting the hospitals, medical teams and people in need.
More icons join the AFC’s #BreakTheChain public awareness campaign
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) latest #BreakTheChain episode sends the message of unity and solidarity to communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and to those preparing for the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Khaled Al Harban, the Bahrain Women’s team head coach, Vietnam’s Nguyen Minh Tri, who plays for the country’s most successful futsal club Thai Son Nam, and China PR’s and Shanghai SIPG forward Li Shenglong are the latest to throw their support behind the public awareness campaign.
Paulinho, Yu and Phitiwat latest guiding lights to join #BreakTheChain
Kuala Lumpur: Brazilian ace Paulinho, the 2015 AFC Champions League winner with Guangzhou Evergrande joins fellow Chinese Super League star Yu Hai from Shanghai SIPG as well as Thailand international and Chiangrai United skipper Phitiwat Sookjitthammakul to answer the exceptional call of support in the latest Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) #BreakTheChain video.
With the COVID-19 pandemic evolving rapidly, the AFC’s mass awareness campaign continues to encourage millions of fans to follow the World Health Organization’s guidelines thanks to the overwhelming support from more than 100 Asian icons providing timely reminders on the best health practices and sharing messages of hope and solidarity.
Zhang, Huynh and Elias latest to lend voice behind the #BreakTheChain campaign
Kuala Lumpur: China PR and Beijing Guoan’s Zhang Xizhe, Vietnamese women’s team captain Huynh Nhu as well as Thailand and Port FC’s Elias Dolah are the latest Asian stars to offer their support in the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) #BreakTheChain public awareness campaign.
The #BreakTheChain series, which has connected with millions of fans to share the inspiring messages in the battle against the current coronavirus pandemic, has gathered more than 100 Asian icons to promote the health and safety guidelines from the World Health Organization.
Communities in Asia continue to benefit from AFC MAs' social responsibility initiatives
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s Member Associations as well as the football leagues in Asia continue to do their part through various initiatives to help communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF), the Guam Football Association (GFA), the J.LEAGUE and the Wuhan Football Association have helped by giving donations, promoting public awareness messages and opening training centres to house medical teams.
Kuala Lumpur: In these unprecedented and challenging times, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) extends its wish that all members of the Asian football community remain safe and healthy.
Football will have an important role to play in the weeks and months ahead as the world returns to normality, but now our focus is firmly on protecting the well-being of all those who are involved in our great game.
Each of you, in varying degrees, have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and many of your Governments have taken swift and strong action to prevent its spread and limit its impact on your communities including partial lockdown or restricting movement.
Indeed, in Malaysia, the home of AFC House, the Government has, as you have been informed, imposed a Movement Control Order and, as a precaution, the AFC had starting 17 March 2020 imposed a two week “work from home” initiative to safeguard the staff and their families from further exposure and will be extended if necessary.
In the meantime, business continues as normal to serve the needs of all our Member and Regional Associations as well as our wide range of stakeholders. I have instructed the Administration to process all approved AFAP payments on an urgent basis to ensure salaries of staff and other contractual payments can be made without any delay.
As you know the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus has led to the AFC, with your agreement, postponing matches and events. The AFC thanks you for your continued support, advice and co-operation.
Again, these changes to our calendar were aimed at ensuring the safety and health of our Members, their officials, their players, their staff and, of course, the millions of fans who engage with football in Asia each year.
Their health is, and always will be, our priority.
And that is why it is important that the AFC and all our Member and Regional Associations work with Governments and Health Agencies to curtail the threat of this virus and that everyone should take all precautions.
The AFC strongly urges all its Members to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to exercise the highest levels of hygiene and are pleased to note that some Members have also declared a “work from home” initiative.
The AFC has built its strong foundations on unity and solidarity – particularly in the face of adversity – during the last six years and this situation is another challenge which we will take on together to protect not only our communities but also the future of our game.
Of course, the AFC will take a strong lead and will, as always, be on hand to offer advice and assistance to any of our Member and Regional Associations in these uncertain times.
Please all remain safe and I look forward to the time when football can again play a significant role in bringing excitement and joy to people across Asia.
AFC Member Associations take the lead to help COVID-19 affected communities
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Member Associations continue to spread the message that “Football Cares” through social responsibility initiatives organised for communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) launched a feeding the poor programme while the Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) is working closely with its Ministry of Health to provide accommodation to those returning to the country and are required to be quarantined.
Meanwhile the UAE Pro League has started a 10-day football skill challenge where they will donate money to the Fund of the United Arab Emirates - Homeland of Humanity - for every football skill video uploaded on Instagram.