AFC President praises stability and progress in Tajikistan
Dushanbe: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa concluded his visit to Central Asia in Tajikistan, where he held a fruitful meeting with the Tajikistan Football Federation (TFF) and Central Asian Football Association (CAFA) President Rustam Emomali and other stakeholders of the game.
“The Tajikistan Football Federation has enjoyed great stability over the years and your progress is a sign of that strength and the vision of the TFF President,” said Shaikh Salman, who also noted Tajikistan’s unbeaten run in the Asian Qualifiers which sees them lead Group F that also features the likes of powerhouses Japan as well Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia and Myanmar.
“And now the CAFA Headquarters are herein Dushanbe, there is the added responsibility to look after football in the region and I am confident that with the leadership of President Emomali, CAFA will enhance the quality of football development in the Central Zone."
Praising the AFC President for his visit, the TFF President said that his team was encouraged by the positive feedback from Shaikh Salman. “We are pleased with the words of encouragement from the AFC President and we want to put on record our commitment to develop football in this country as well as the region.
“The last time the President was here, he inaugurated a mini-pitch project and now he can observe at first-hand how we are benefitting from these pitches. I am assured by the President that these sort of development projects will keep coming and that we need to make sure that we are also proactive in ensuring their success,” he added.