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KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 -- FA of Malaysia (FAM) president, Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin is optimistic that the Asian Football Confederation’s commitment allied with the collaborative spirit of its member associations will hasten the process for football to return to normalcy by this year.
In urging the Asian football industry to remain committed by complying to the COVID-19 prevention Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and competition and match protocols domestically or on the international stage in facing the COVID-19 challenges, Hamidin, who is also a member of the AFC Executive Committee (Exco), said that he believes that football will be back to normal soon.
"The solidarity shown by the Asian football family is crucial in reviving the game in Asia," Hamidin said in a statement on FAM's official Facebook site after attending the 7th AFC Exco meeting for the 2019-2023 term in Manama, Bahrain on Wednesday.
The meeting was chaired by AFC president, Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa and was also attended by FIFA president, Gianni Infantino. Also present were AFC general secretary, Dato’ Windsor John and the rest of the AFC Exco members.
Hamidin added that he believed that AFC has found the right formula in rejuvenating the game based on the decision to reformat the AFC Champions League, the qualification for the FIFA World Cup 2022/Asian Cup 2023 and the AFC Cup which saw the full cooperation of participating clubs and nations.
“We believe AFC has found the right template which is applicable to all member associations. We believe the cooperation shown by member associations in establishing match protocols and the relevant SOPs is key to successfully staging any football match under new norms,” he said.
In the presence of Infantino, the AFC Exco were also briefed on the FIFA suspension of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) following the hostile takeover of the PFF headquarters in Lahore by the former office-bearers.
In September 2019, FIFA had given the mandate to a FIFA Normalisation Committee to run PFF until June 2021.