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Manama: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has strengthened its partnership with the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) after AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani signed a second Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Confederations in Manama, Bahrain on Tuesday. 

The Presidents were joined by AFC Directors and the CONCACAF Council at the signing ceremony. The first MoU between the AFC and CONCACAF was signed in 2015.

The MoU concluded on Tuesday establishes a framework to strengthen collaboration between the two Confederations, to encourage knowledge exchange and to enhance football development in the respective territories.

“The AFC is a firm believer in strengthening our partnerships with our sister Confederations. Today we further enhance the strong bonds that exist with our friends at CONCACAF”, said Shaikh Salman.

“Our Confederations share many challenges but more importantly, we also hold similar aspirations to build a brighter future for our great game. Through unity comes great strength, and this agreement will present new opportunities to draw on our strengths to bring about shared outcomes.”

CONCACAF President Montagliani said: “We are very proud to expand the collaboration with AFC. This MoU represents an important step forward in achieving our ONE CONCACAF Vision as we continue our efforts to advance the game.

“The agreement opens a new range of opportunities that provide a development platform to empower Member Associations and contribute to the sustainable growth of football.”

Through the MoU, the AFC and CONCACAF will focus on joint efforts to explore the possibility of competitions opportunities between the two Confederations. 

It will also pave the way for technical and administrative training exchanges in several areas including good governance, management, development, competitions, refereeing, marketing and communications, sports integrity, technology, and social responsibility.