Kuala Lumpur: His Excellency Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President, on Tuesday personally thanked HM Al Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah for his service to football on behalf of the Asian football family.
At an audience at the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Shaikh Salman was able to offer his congratulations on His Majesty’s accession to the throne as the 16th King of Malaysia.
The AFC President said: “His Majesty is rightly regarded as an inspirational figure in Malaysian and Asian football and on behalf of the whole Asian football family, I was able to tell him personally the deep appreciation and gratitude Asian football has for His Majesty’s outstanding contributions and commitment towards football over recent decades.
“He served the game in many capacities and his presence and support will be missed by many – me included as we will all cherish His Majesty’s tireless efforts towards developing the professional administration and promotion of the game.”
Shaikh Salman was able not only to thank His Majesty Al Sultan Abdullah for his contribution to football – including his role until his accession as an important member of the FIFA Council and AFC Executive Committee – but also wish him well in his royal duties.
The AFC President added: “The whole of Asian football wishes His Majesty the very best in fulfilling his most important duties and everyone is confident that Malaysia and its people will continue to see further development and progress under his expert supervision and guidance.”
His Majesty Al Sultan Abdullah is known for his passion and leadership in football where he was a former vice-president of the AFC and has held many other positions in the AFC including Chairman of the Organising Committee for the AFC Asian Cup 2015 and Chairman of the AFC Development Committee.
Most recently he served on the FIFA Council and chaired the AFC Governance Task Force which was responsible for delivering important reforms to help the AFC live up to its Vision and Mission objective of the implementation of initiatives which ensure professionalism and good governance at the Confederation.