Cho, Safawi and Paartalu call for unity in the latest AFC’s #BreakTheChain episode

Kuala Lumpur: Korea Republic Women’s team captain Cho So-hyun joins Malaysia and Johor Darul Ta'zim’s forward Safawi Rasid as well as Bengaluru’s midfielder Erik Paartalu in the latest Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) #BreakTheChain public awareness campaign.

With almost 100 Asian stars lending their voices in the past two weeks, the highly engaging #BreakTheChain campaign continues to raise awareness in the fight against the spread of the current COVID-19 pandemic while sharing the latest health and personal hygiene guidelines by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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West Ham United FC Women’s midfielder and Korea Republic’s most capped player Cho So-hyun, said: “Doctors, nurses and other frontliners are risking their lives to contain the spread of COVID-19 and we need to help them by following the guidelines put in place by the World Health Organization.

“Nothing is impossible when we all stand together. We can overcome this challenge as one team. We cannot wait to meet football fans again, so please wash your hands frequently and avoid crowded areas to break the chain together.”

Meanwhile, Erik Paartalu, who led JSW Bengaluru FC to the Indian Super League 2018-2019 title, added: “The world is facing an unprecedented time of difficulty. We must protect our health as well as the health of our families and everyone close to us. We can do this by breaking the chain and stopping the spread of the virus which has affected so many people worldwide.

“I know we all miss football, but it’s time to do our part to follow the regulations of the World Health Organization and the local medical authorities. Be patient and be positive. In football, we always celebrate after the victory, so let's work together and defeat this common opponent."

Safawi Rasid, the Most Valuable Player in the Malaysia Super League in 2018 and 2019, also offered support in the #BreakTheChain campaign which is making waves across the Continent. More Asian icons, including China PR’s Women’s national team striker Tang Jiali and Islamic Republic of Iran’s Morteza Pouraliganji will be featured in the upcoming series.

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