9/16/2018 3:48:46 PM (GMT+3)

Community ambassadors attend 2019 AFC Asian Cup workshop

Community ambassadors attend 2019 AFC Asian Cup workshop

ABU DHABI, UAE: Community ambassadors of all nationalities from Asia came together at the Zayed Sports City Stadium for a rousing evening of speeches, workshops and celebration, in the lead up to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Over 60 ambassadors or “Playmakers” representing 19 of the 24 competing nations were welcomed by HE Aref Al Awani, with the LOC Tournament Director challenging the group to deliver the best Asian Cup in history, during the welcome event in the Royal Box of the 43,000-seat stadium, which will stage the highly-anticipated opener on January 5, 2019 as well as the final on February 1.

“Just as a football team needs players working in harmony, for us to succeed, the AFC Asian Cup needs to be a tournament for every single football fan, from every country and culture across the continent,” said Al Awani. “The Playmakers Programme reflects our ambition to partner with the real super-fans, community influencers and football lovers who will infuse the tournament with their enthusiasm. I have no doubt that they will inspire others to do the same.”

The Playmakers worked together to brainstorm grassroots initiatives that would appeal and speak directly to their own communities.

“This is the biggest ever AFC Asian Cup so it is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the sheer scope and scale of Asian football and the Playmakers is the perfect programme to bring everyone together. Having so many enthusiastic community ambassadors working together exemplifies the unifying power of football and the significant difference it holds to unite communities, not just in the UAE, but all across the continent,” said Asian Football Confederation General Secretary, Dato’ Windsor John. (Courtesy: AFC)