AFC’s #BreakTheChain message of hope continues to inspire communities 

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Kuala Lumpur: Kuwaiti tactician Thamer Enad is the latest head coach to feature in the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) #BreakTheChain campaign, appearing alongside Lebanon international and Zobahan FC’s Mahdi Khalil as well as Macau women’s team defender Sio Ka Mei in today’s episode of the public awareness campaign which continues to rally communities to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Answering the call to stand in solidarity with the global community, the widely-acclaimed series has received resounding support from over 150 players and officials across 45 AFC Member Associations, galvanising millions to remain calm and positive during these unprecedented times while promoting the World Health Organization’s (WHO) personal hygiene and social distancing guidelines.

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Enad, who led Kuwait to an impressive three-match unbeaten run in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers since replacing Croatian Romeo Jozak in September last year, said: “Most of us have so much to be grateful for during this pandemic but there are others who have not been as fortunate so my thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have lost lives, their loved ones and their livelihoods.

“These are exceptional circumstances for most of us, so I urge everyone to extend a helping hand to those who need us the most. Let us also continue to break the chain for the sake of our medical workers.

“No effort or contribution is too small, and in the same way we have forged a common bond to fight this virus, we can uplift one another and showcase the true strength of humanity in this time of crisis.”

Meanwhile, Sio, whose commanding presence in defence led Macau to keep two clean sheets in the 2019 EAFF E-1 Women’s Football Championship Round 1 qualifiers, added: “This pandemic has reminded us that the world is full of heroes – those whose sacrifices often go unnoticed, but bravery must be commended and celebrated.

“Some of us are slowly resuming life, while others are still battling this crisis, but my hope is that we will continue to recognise and appreciate our medical and healthcare workers even after this pandemic is over.

“These last five months have been one of the most challenging periods in our history, but the response by everyone committed to break the chain has been equally infectious. This crisis has showcased the will and character of the global community to stand together, and while there is some way to go before we cross the finish line, our progress is proof that our greatest chance to combat this is to stand united.”

The AFC Cup 2019 Most Valuable Player award winner, Khalil, who conceded just three goals in Al Ahed FC’s historic run to become the first Lebanese side to claim the Continental club title last year also appears in today’s episode with Yemen’s Aiman Al Hagri and Brunei Darussalam’s Shahrazen Said – the first players to feature from their respective nations – set to feature in the series next week.

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