AFC President opens 2nd AFC National Coaches Conference
Kuala Lumpur: Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President, raised the curtain on the 2nd AFC National Coaches Conference which began in the Malaysian capital city on Monday.
The three-day conference started with Shaikh Salman alongside Asia’s national team coaches and technical directors paying tribute to Qatar for their impressive victory at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 in February.
Shaikh Salman said: “I can understand what kind of burden the head coaches and technical directors carry on their shoulders. They have a big responsibility and it is a vast area, so it is important that we learn from the AFC Asian Cup and FIFA World Cup.
“We saw a record number of Asian teams in a FIFA World Cup Finals and in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, there was an increase from 16 to 24 teams and I believe everyone here can agree that it was a good thing. We watched many different teams do well, especially Qatar.
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“Qatar has a young team and they have a strong foundation. Now they will play in the FIFA World Cup Qatar in 2022 as the Asian champions. It is important for everyone to discuss and learn from this conference which will hopefully help us close the gap between us and the world’s best.”
Among the head coaches attending the conference include Félix Sánchez, head coach of of Qatar and Hajime Moriyasu of Japan, who finished runners-up in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, while former Korea Republic captain Park Ji-sung is among the key speakers in the conference.
Other important issues which will be discussed include a reflection on the biggest-ever AFC Asian Cup in the UAE and a media training session for coaches.