Qatar joins West Asian Football Federation

Qatar Football Federation president Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani attended a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) football federations in Muscat on Jan. 12. (Photo by Mohammed Mahjoub/AFP/Getty Images)

Qatar Football Federation president Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani attended a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) football federations in Muscat on Jan. 12. (Photo by Mohammed Mahjoub/AFP/Getty Images)

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DOHA – West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) General Secretary Fadi Zureika, announced that Qatar has formally agreed to join WAFF.

Zureikat's statement followed a meeting in Doha with Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the president of the Qatar Football Association (QFA), and Mohammed Bin Hammam, the president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Zureikat confirmed that Qatar had received an invitation to become a member from WAFF a few months ago, and also expressed the QFA president’s appreciation for the efforts made by WAFF, headed by Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein.

This raises to nine the number of countries associated with WAFF. They are Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Iran, the UAE, Yemen, and now Qatar. Qatar's membership in WAFF, which was founded in the year 2000 and is headquartered in Amman, Jordan, gives a strong boost to the Federation.

The QFA president confirmed there has been continuous coordination between the QFA and WAFF, pointing out that the QFA will attend a meeting of the federations of West Asia to be held in April where Qatar's membership in WAFF will be officially announced.

Sheikh Hammam stated that Qatar's membership in WAFF will be helpful when the QFA makes proposals to the AFC. He said that Qatar participates in tournaments organised by WAFF, such as the West Asia Championship, which was held in Iran in August of 2008, and emphasised that the QFA is keen to contribute to the success of all tournaments organised by WAFF.

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