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Thimphu: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa wrapped-up a successful two-day visit to the Kingdom of Bhutan with a courtesy call to HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, who is also His Majesty’s Representative to Sports and the President of Bhutan Olympic Committee.

Shaikh Salman also held discussions on football development with long-serving Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) President Dasho Ugyen Tsechup Dorji and attended a grassroots skills programme at the Changlimithang Stadium where over 500 children between the ages of six to 12 years went through the drills.

Praising the BFF’s recent achievement including their selection as the AFC's Aspiring Member Association of the Year in 2016, Shaikh Salman said: “We have seen Bhutan football growing over the years and I believe it will continue to grow under the stewardship of BFF President Dasho Ugyen. I am pleased that BFF has been focusing on grassroots football and I am sure they will soon see the rewards of their hard work.”

The BFF President thanked Shaikh Salman for making the trip to Thimphu and for the support that has been shown by the AFC in recent years. He added: “We have strong ties and I believe these ties will only grow stronger in the years to come.

“Despite being a small country we have ambitious plans and through the excellent support we receive from the AFC, we look forward to seeing those plans bearing fruits. It was a great honour to host the AFC President in Bhutan and I sincerely hope there will be more visits from the AFC leadership to the Bhutan Football Federation in the future.”

Photos: Bhutan Football Federation