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Manama: AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has been praised by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter for the sterling work he has done for Asian football.

Shaikh Salman, who is now also FIFA Vice-President, was re-elected on Thursday at the 26th AFC Ordinary Congress in the Bahraini capital of Manama, watched on as Blatter used his address to the assembled delegates to underline the crucial role played by the AFC President in the positive development of the game throughout Asia.

“Thanks to the President of the AFC, who has shown a remarkable sense of organisation and diplomacy to bring back the AFC boat that, at a certain time, has been in waters that were not very clear.

“Since 2013 you have brought back this boat, and it is only justice that this Congress re-elects you as the leader for the AFC – Shaikh Salman you merit a big, big compliment.”

The FIFA President continued by outlining the key role both Asia and the AFC plays in world football.

“Asia is the biggest and most important continent in the world, and also it’s the most important for FIFA’s present and future,” Blatter concluded.