AFC to strengthen partnership with India’s football federation

Kuala Lumpur, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President, Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa met here today the All India Football Federation (AIFF)’s newly elected President, Kalyan Chaubey, alongside the newly appointed AIFF Secretary-General Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran.

Shaikh Salman congratulated President Chaubey on the recent mandate received by the Indian football family and praised the AIFF for its exceptional organisational capabilities in staging the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, which is currently taking place across the cities of Bhubaneswar, Goa, and Navi Mumbai.

Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim praised AIFF’s exemplary hosting capabilities at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ earlier this year.

He also noted the achievements of the men’s national team who, for the second successive time, sealed their place amongst the Continent’s top 24 sides at the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™.

“I want to put on record the AFC’s gratitude to the AIFF for its commitment to organise several of the AFC’s competitions and we are confident that these events and competitions will continue to strengthen the larger Indian football ecosystem,” said the AFC President.

“In 2017, the AFC had outlined a blueprint and roadmap for Indian football to usher in greater success and we are already witnessing the exponential growth of the game in the country,” he added.

“Looking ahead, the AFC remains committed towards working closely with the new AIFF leadership in charting a sustainable and thriving future for the beautiful game in India,” Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim also said.

President Chaubey, who was a former national goalkeeper, thanked the AFC President for the Confederation’s unwavering support over the years and vowed to deepen the spirit of partnership between the AIFF and the AFC in the years to come.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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