Qatar Football AssociationNews
09.04.2014 21:03 in :

DOHA: The 2nd Asian Communities Tournament will kick-off on Thursday
with 12 teams set to compete on Al Arabi, Qatar Sports Club and Al
Sadd, the Qatar Football Association (QFA) announced on Wednesday.

All matches will take place on the training venues of the stadia, and
the final match will take place on Al Sadd Stadium training venue.

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The participating teams for this year’s tournament are Indonesia,
India, Japan, Lebanon, China, Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka,
Singapore, Jordan, Malaysia, and Korea Republic.

The action-packed evening will commence at 7pm in Al Arabi Stadium
training venue with Indonesia facing off against India in the opening
match of the tournament. The second match will be at 8:30 with
Malaysia playing against Korea Republic.

Indonesian Ambassador to Qatar, H.E. Deddy Saiful Hadi will be
attending the opening match on Thursday evening to show support to
Indonesia as they play India. Many families and friends are expected
to attend the matches to support their team.

Organised by QFA, the tournament will run until Saturday, 10th May. It
is one of the tournaments that is organised to run along the period of
H.H. Emir Cup and acts as a way to excite the fans ahead of the Emir
Cup final match in Khalifa Stadium. Seventeen teams from colleges and
universities across Qatar will battle it out to win attractive cash
prizes and medals.

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QFA will provide referees to officiate the matches under the QFA
rules, regulations, and guidelines.

Last year, the tournament saw huge success in its first edition with a
total participation of 6 teams; as a result, this year’s number of
teams has doubled as more communities have expressed huge interest in
being part of this exciting community tournament.

QFA is organising “Asia 2”, the second edition of the Asian
Communities Football Tournament by collaborating with different
community leaders.

Khalid Al Kuwari, Chief Operations Officer, QFA said: “We are very
excited to kick-off the 2nd Asian Communities Tournament again this
year with various active Asian Communities in Qatar. We have witnessed
that the Asian communities in Qatar have great passion for football
and as we are the football governing body in the country, it is our
responsibility to encourage community participation in various
football tournaments that we organise.”

He added: “We thank the embassies, community leaders, and fans for the
continued support they have showed QFA and we wish all the teams the
best of luck. One of the main reasons we are organising this
tournament during the period of H.H. Emir Cup is because we recognize
the Asian communities’ enthusiasm towards attending the Emir Cup
matches and thus we are constantly aiming to involve all communities
who are fans of the most coveted tournament of the year, the Emir
Cup.”