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Kuala Lumpur: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa had meetings with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and other key stakeholders of Singaporean football on Friday in Singapore.

In addition to holding bilateral meetings with FAS President Lim Kia Tong, Shaikh Salman had fruitful discussions with the FAS Council.

Hailing the FAS efforts in establishing good governance structures, Shaikh Salman praised the leadership of FAS President Lim Kia Tong.

“Singapore set an example of good governance by amending the association’s statutes in line with the AFC and FIFA requirements. I trust that the elections earlier this year will serve as a catalyst to strengthen the development of the game in this football-loving country,”  Shaikh Salman said.

“We have years of experience of working closely with FAS President Lim and the moment he was elected it was evident that the future is bright for Singapore.

“You have achieved regional success in the past and we want Singapore to replicate this accomplishment at the continental level,” he added.

FAS President Lim, who is also the Chairman of the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Committee and a member of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, thanked the AFC for putting its trust in his leadership.

“I am very glad to know that the AFC has placed its trust in the FAS Council and we will make sure that this trust remains strong. My priority is to deliver the outcomes outlined in our strategy and to ensure democracy and transparency at the FAS.

“The visit of the AFC President came at a good time as we discussed several issues which can help Singapore’s football progress in the future.”

Singapore are four-time ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) champions. They won their first championship in 1998, which was followed by titles in 2005, 2007 and most recently in 2012.

Photos: Football Association of Singapore