Saudi Arabia to host Asian Cup

Published: February 01, 2023

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Asia’s most prestigious soccer event is ready to be held in Saudi Arabia for the primary time.

The Gulf nation will host the 2027 version of the Asian Cup.

The choice was ratified by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after India, Iran, Qatar and Uzbekistan had earlier withdrawn from the bidding course of.

Meanwhile, Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa formally retained his position because the AFC’s president for a closing four-year time period.

His new four-year time period will probably be his final as a result of limits imposed beneath the governing physique’s statutes and the 57-year-old may have been in control of Asian soccer for 14 years by the point his stint ends in 2027.

“I’d like to thank you all for placing your faith in me for another four-year term,” Sheikh Salman advised delegates. “It really humbles me, gives me such honour to have all the trust of the Asian confederation.”

Saudi Arabia’s Yasser Al Misehal was elected to the FIFA Council alongside Japan’s Kohzo Tashima, Sheikh Hamad Khalifa Al Thani from Qatar, Mariano Araneta of the Philippines and Malaysia’s Haji Hamidin bin Haji Mohd Amin.

Laos’ Kanya Keomany was elected to take the FIFA Council seat reserved for feminine illustration.

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