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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.

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To help the poor and day labourers in Bangladesh, the BFF launched a feeding programme, where lunch packets will be distributed at the BFF House until the Government recedes the lockdown.

BFF President Kazi Salahuddin said: “We are trying to help the poor and day-labourers. Everything is shutdown now including construction sites and transportation. So, we have been providing lunch packages for the day-labourers who work in these industries.

“It has been difficult for the poor people in the country and we are just doing our part to help them as much as we can. I hope everybody will come together in these challenging times and take the initiative to help the poor and elderly."

Meanwhile the MFF President and AFC Social Responsibility Committee Chairperson Zaw Zaw has donated 100 million MMK (approximately USD 72,000) through the Ayeyarwady Foundation, where he is also the chairman, to the Waibargi Hospital and Yankin Children’s hospital for medicine and medical supplies. An additional 500 million MMK (approximately USD 370,000) worth of Health Insurance will also be funded for care-givers in the country.

They are also providing space and beds to returning locals from abroad during their 14-day quarantine and if required, will use the AYA Bank’s Training Center, National Football Academy Yangon and National Team hostels as quarantine centres.

Zaw Zaw said: “When faced with a crisis, we must stand together and help our Government and medical practitioners. This is our way of doing our part in these challenging times. The frontliners are doing so much to curb the spread of the COVID-19 and we salute their efforts.

“But we cannot stand and watch. We must make a stand together and find ways to help our Government as this is a fight for everyone. This is the time to be united and I hope that now, more than ever, we can show that football really cares.”

The BFF and MFF join other Member Associations in the fight against COVID-19. The Korea Football Association (KFA) opened their national training centre to house coronavirus patients while Football Federation Australia (FFA) has partnered with Australian Red Cross to support those most vulnerable in the pandemic in the country.

Meanwhile the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) has donated Nu five million (approximately USD 66,000) to the Royal Kidu Foundation and the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has offered the Government the use of its buildings for those who potentially have the illness or, alternatively, for quarantine cases.

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