Asian stars continue to rally communities in latest #BreakTheChain episode

Kuala Lumpur: Tajikistan international Nuriddin Davronov, Jordan and Al Wehdat defender Yazan Al Arab as well as Indian women’s national player Dalima Chhibber appear in the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) #BreakTheChain series, which continues to spread the positive message of unity during the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

The #BreakTheChain public awareness campaign has been making waves across the Continent as more Asian icons share the rousing message for people to do their part in abiding by the World Health Organization’s guidelines on staying at home, maintaining personal hygiene and social distancing.

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Yazan Al Arab, who was Jordan club Al Jazeera’s rock in defence in their march to the AFC Cup 2019 West Zonal final before falling bravely to eventual champions Al Ahed from Lebanon, said: “This epidemic has affected so many lives and deeply impacted so many nations. But it is our duty to determine how we are defined as a global community. In football, as in life, it’s not how hard we fall, but how quickly we can pick ourselves up.

“Undoubtedly, these are challenging times, but instead of breaking us, this campaign is about unifying us. There are so many positive efforts taking place around the world which again proves that if anything, people are coming together now more than ever to break this chain.

“I want to thank everyone, from the healthcare and medical workers, to other support groups for doing their part and I encourage everyone to join us in this battle to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Similarly, former FC Istiklol midfielder Nuriddin Davronov, who featured for the reigning Tajik League champions in both the 2015 and 2017 AFC Cup final against Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta'zim and Iraq’s Air Force Club respectively, added: “Our responsibility now is to help our healthcare and medical heroes. The more we do our part, the less pressure we place on them – so many of whom continue to weather this storm bravely despite being overwhelmed.

“I am honoured to do my part through this #BreakTheChain campaign, but this is not just a message, this is a call to action for everyone. All of us can be ambassadors of this campaign by standing together to break the chain and preventing the transmission of this outbreak.”

The AFC and its Member Associations continue to extend their support and commitment to empower communities across Asia during these unprecedented times and among the football icons set to spread the #BreakTheChain message are Islamic Republic of Iran and Persepolis FC legend Seyed Jalal Hosseini, Thailand ace Chanathip Songkrasin and Australia and Brighton FC goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

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