Press Releases ● Nov 05, 2017

AFC President Makes Official Visit to Singapore


SINGAPORE, 5 NOVEMBER 2017: The President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), His Excellency Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, yesterday made an official visit to Singapore to underscore the close and positive relationship between the two organisations.

H.E. Shaikh Salman was accompanied by an AFC delegation including General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John, who had himself made an official visit to the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) on 22 June 2017. The delegation was received by the FAS Council, led by FAS President Mr Lim Kia Tong.

At the meeting, Mr Lim thanked H.E. Shaikh Salman for the AFC’s strong support of the FAS, and for the various AFC President’s Initiatives, including a livestreaming platform which the FAS has been using since February 2017. Mr Lim also expressed gratitude for the AFC’s assistance in various projects such as the amendment of the FAS Constitution and sending a consultant to assist in the review of the Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League.

Said Mr Lim: “I am very glad to know that the AFC has placed its trust in our 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.”

Shaikh Salman praised the leadership of Mr Lim, and hailed FAS’ efforts in establishing good governance structures: “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. However, results take time so patience is needed while systems are put in place by the FAS ExCo,” he concluded.