AFC’s #BreakTheChain continues to extend powerful message 

Kuala Lumpur: Al Hilal’s Brazilian midfielder Carlos Eduardo, India and JSW Bengaluru goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh and Palestine international Rami Hamadeh are the latest Asian football icons to join the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) #BreakTheChain campaign.

The AFC’s initiative, supported by close to 100 players and officials, continues to reach new audiences and territories with more AFC Member Associations, Clubs, players and officials committing to lend their support to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Eduardo, Gurpreet and Hamadeh have called on everyone across the world to set an example by adhering to the health guidelines set in motion by the World Health Organization.

Eduardo who was instrumental in leading Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal to the 2019 AFC Champions League title, said "This epidemic has affected the world is so many challenging ways. From the lives lost, to those still recovering and livelihoods being taken away, this has been one of the most, if not, the most challenging periods we have ever faced. Through this powerful, yet simple message, we can all make a difference.

“I want to remind everyone that we are not defeated, we are resilient, and I am confident that we will prevail over this virus. There remains hope for everyone and that starts by all of us working hand-in-hand with the health experts and doing our part to break the chain."

Meanwhile Gurpreet, who was the first India international player to start in a European top-flight league game and feature in the UEFA Europa League with Norwegian side Stabaek in 2016, added: “The world is facing a great challenge so we must rise up together to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Let’s not lose focus in this fight as we all need to adhere to the strict regulations put in place by our local Governments as well as the healthcare guidelines by the World Health Organization.

“Remember to always keep your hands clean and seek medical attention if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Let’s beat this together as one family.”

The list of Asian legends are growing in numbers each day with the upcoming series set to feature Islamic Republic of Iran’s Alireza Faghani, who officiated the third place playoff match between England and Belgium in the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, Vietnamese set-piece specialist Nguyen Quang Hai and China PR’s Women’s national team striker Wang Shanshan.

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