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Manama: Asian Football Confederation President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa welcomed Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) upon his arrival in Bahrain on Saturday and ahead of Thursday’s AFC Congress.

Also present at the reception were Bahrain Minister of Youth and Sport Mr Haydar Al Jodar, Bahrain Olympic Committee General Secretary Abdelrahman Askar, and Bahrain Football Association President Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa.

Sheikh Salman wished Sheikh Ahmad a pleasant stay in Bahrain, and praised both his efforts to develop the international Olympic movement and his contributions to the development of Asian sport during his stewardship of the OCA.

Sheikh Ahmad expressed his delight at being in Bahrain to attend the AFC Congress and took time out to praise Shaikh Salman for uniting Asia’s footballing family and his commitment to raising standards.

The two parties also discussed several issues related to Asian football, as well as the potential for future cooperation between the AFC and the OCA.