Record-holder Almoez Ali joins AFC’s #BreakTheChain campaign

Kuala Lumpur: Qatar’s Almoez Ali, who broke the all-time AFC Asian Cup goalscoring record in 2019, is the latest star to voice his support and raise awareness on the COVID-19 pandemic alongside Persita Tangerang defender Tamirlan Kozubaev from Kyrgyz Republic and Suwon Samsung Bluewings midfielder Kim Min-woo of Korea Republic.

The trio join the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) family’s rallying call through the #BreakTheChain campaign, to encourage people from around the world to adopt and learn about the best practices to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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The public awareness message is an opportunity for footballers to do their part and reinforce the guidelines put in place by the World Health Organization (WHO) to maintain the highest standards of personal hygiene, social distancing and staying at home if enforced by Governments.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone worldwide and Al Duhail forward Ali, who scored nine goals in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 and named Most Valuable Player, has called for patience and understanding in these challenging times.

The 23-year-old said: “The young generation has a big role to play in the fight against COVID-19. Regardless of age, we must take this seriously because the highly contagious virus will affect our family and friends. Please follow the advice of the World Health Organization and the guidelines by your Governments to help curb this pandemic.

“Now, more than ever, we must stand together and break the chain by washing our hands regularly and maintaining social distancing. It is not easy but if we remain patient, we can defeat and stop the spread of the virus which has affected the lives of everyone around the world.”

The 2019 Korean FA Cup winner with Suwon Samsung Bluewings, Kim Min-woo added: “The frontliners are doing all they can to heal those affected by the COVID-19 and we can help them by maintaining personal hygiene as well as to keep our homes clean. These are simple steps for us to follow and by doing so, we are doing our part to help the frontliners who continue to risk their lives every day.

“The football community cares about what’s happening in the world and the AFC’s break the chain campaign unites fans, players and match officials to do their part to promote awareness and good practices which can deter the further spread of the coronavirus.”

Kyrygz Republic’s defender Kozubaev is one of almost 100 Asian players to lend their support to the cause which continue to engage with fans and spread awareness. Several more icons including Malaysia’s Safawi Rasid, three-time Chinese Football Association Super League Goalkeeper of the Year, Yan Junling and Mongolian national team captain Tsedenbal Norjmoo will feature in the upcoming videos.

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