Doha 1st November 2013: Qatar will host the Eighth West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) Men’s Championship from December 25 to January 7, 2014, Qatar Football Association (QFA) and WAFF said yesterday.
Saoud Al Mohannadi, CEO of the Championship said: “We are very happy to announce the hosting of WAFF’s 8th Championship for Men. This championship is one of the most important events that the Qatar Football Association (QFA) will host this season.”
“In co-ordination with the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF), QFA has allocated the competition, training venues, and official hotels and is ready to host the championship. All preparations are coming to an end and everyone involved is vigorously working to showcase this championship in a successful manner.”
“Hosting this significant event showcases QFA’s vision to regularly conduct regional championships that endeavour to spur the local and regional football scene,” he added.
“QFA’s vision is to constantly strive to host different championships ahead of 2022 World Cup. Hosting the 8th WAFF Championship is a great example to show that we are in line with our vision.”
Eleven teams- Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Palestine, Lebanon and Yemen will take part in the championship.
“We hope that all teams take advantage of this championship as they prepare for the Asian Cup 2015 qualifiers,” said Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, QFA President.
“Hosting the eighth edition of the championship testifies to our remarkable relationship with the WAFF and expresses our support to the vision of WAFF President and FIFA (Asia) Vice-President HRH Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein who genuinely works for the growth and benefit of West Asian football.”
The organization of the 8th championship in Qatar is a quantum leap in the history of WAFF. This edition of the championship attract great attention of the media, official and fans. The future of this championship is bright and it is already one of the major events in the region, according to Fadi Zuraikat, WAFF General Secretary. We are looking forward to AFC’s recognition of AFC for all the four regional federations -WAFF, EAFF, SAFF, and ASEAN, he added.
The scheduled of championships was planned after a comprehensive study of all the continental and regional tournaments which will take place in 2014. We decided to choose these dates since it is ideal for teams that are preparing for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifying matches, at the same time during this period, the domestic leagues are often suspended in the region, said Fadi Zuraikat.
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