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AFC working to grow football in China

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The Asian Football Confederations wants to give the country a big push in order to develop the game in all its cities

Chinese president Xi Jinping has put football growth as the main objective in sports in the country.

And the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is happy to help.

AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa got together with Gou Zhongwen, Minister of General Administration of Sport of the People’s Republic of China and President of the National Olympic Committee to discuss the future of the sport.

“The meeting with H.E. Gou Zhongwen was important to hear his thoughts on the direction for football in China PR,” Shaikh Salman told the AFC’s official website.

“The country has stated its ambition to host and win the FIFA World Cup and the AFC is ready to support those aims.”

“We have established a Task Force to work closely with the CFA, particularly in the areas of regional development and technical improvement and I look forward to seeing this assistance bring about some excellent results.”

“China PR have also qualified for the AFC Asian Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates in January next year and I am sure that the hundreds of millions of football fans in the country will be tuning in to follow their fortunes,” he added.

“We are also grateful to China PR for hosting many AFC competitions in recent years including the AFC U-23 Championships earlier this year and the AFC Women’s U-19 Championships last year.”

“We hope that China PR continues to put its impressive stadia forward as hosts of other major AFC competitions in the years to come,” he continued.

“We thank you for all the support the CFA continues to receive and look forward to achieving our common goals together.”