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Manama: Asian Football Confederation President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has expressed his thanks to the leadership of the Kingdom of Bahrain for their support and hospitality in hosting the AFC 26th Ordinary Congress in Manama, noting that the support of the Bahrain leadership was the main reason for the success of the Congress.

Shaikh Salman said: "The good image that was on show at the AFC Congress is the result of the care and support of his Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifah, and the continuous support of the Prime Minister His Royal Highness Prince Khalifah Bin Isa Al Khalifah, and the Crown Prince His Royal Highness Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifah.”

The AFC President added that the Kingdom of Bahrain’s hosting of the AFC Congress reflects the excellent reputation Bahrain has for hosting top international sporting events, while underlining the trust major organisations have in Bahrain to be the venue for such events.

At the same time Shaikh Salman thanked His Royal Highness Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifah, representative of his Majesty the King of Bahrain for Charity Work and Youth Affairs, the President of Higher Council of Youth and Sport in Bahrain, for his support in hosting the AFC Congress, his attendance at the Congress, and his speech which was warmly received by all those present.

The AFC President also thanked all the Bahrain ministries and government bodies who helped make the AFC Congress a success, something which helped further enhance the Kingdom of Bahrain’s excellent image.

Shaikh Salman also expressed his pride in all of the Bahraini people, especially those who made tremendous efforts to ensure the Congress was a success.