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Kuala Lumpur: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa today met with the President of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) HRH Prince Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim.   

During the meeting, the AFC President discussed issues related to football in Malaysia as well as Southeast Asia.

“We, the AFC, are pleased to have our home in Malaysia and as such it is very important that FAM and the AFC are on the same page when it comes to our commitment towards football,” said Shaikh Salman.

“The AFC is honoured to have a passionate football lover in HRH Prince Ismail as the President of FAM and I am confident that his progressive vision will lead Malaysian football towards a bright and promising future.

“We already feel the enthusiasm across the country and a string of strong performances recently in different age-category competitions have indicated those changes.”

Receiving the AFC President at his Royal Palace in Johor Bahru, the FAM President HRH Prince Ismail stressed the mutual support and understanding between the AFC and FAM.

“We would like to thank the AFC President for managing his precious time to visit us here in Johor.

 “The FAM leadership is new, but we have a simple way of developing football in Malaysia: that is to educate the people who run the clubs.

“Apart from being a popular sport, football has this powerful capacity to unite people and that is what we are looking for here in Malaysia.

“We are creating a long-term plan, which will help us to professionalise the game and at the same time raise the standard of our national team,” said the FAM President.

Photos: JOHOR Southern Tigers