QFA, CFA sign 5-year Memorandum of Collaboration
DOHA: The Qatar Football Association (QFA) has signed a five-year collaboration agreement with the Chinese Football Association (CFA) on Monday at the QFA headquarters in Al Bidda Tower.
Du Zhaocai, Vice Sports Minister of China and CFA Acting President, Roger Luo, Director of International Department (CFA) and Chen Jun, Manager, International Department of CFA, met with QFA President Sheikh Hamad bin Kahlifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, Hani Balan, Board of Directors member, QFA, Mansoor Al Ansari, Secretary General of QFA and Mushtaq Al Waeli, Executive Director, Strategy & Institutional Development, for the contract ceremony.
The latest signing is another example of QFA’s attempt to strategically develop football in all regions of Asia and beyond. The new agreement also brings QFA and CFA closer as they look into ways and means to develop the world’s biggest sport.
It is expected that Qatar and China will have exchange programs between the two countries in various age brackets to develop youth football. Qatar will also rely on the help from Aspire Academy and Aspetar Sports Medicine Hospital to beef up their exchange programs with CFA.
“I am very pleased to be in Qatar for this agreement. I would like to thank H E Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Thani, President of the Qatar Football Association, the QFA Vice President and the Secretary General for this warm welcome”, Du Zhaocai commented after the signing ceremony.
“The signing of this cooperation agreement between the two football bodies is something that I look forward with great anticipation,” he said.
“The agreement will strengthen the cooperation in various fields related to football. We know the experience Qatar has in the field of developing the sport. Their training courses for players, officials, referees and coaches etc are hugely beneficial for the participants,” he added.
“There is no doubt that Qatar has become the leading sports center in Asia. We are proud to be working with a body like the QFA. It is a professionally run sports body that works diligently to develop the sport in Qatar and around Asia,” he said.
The CFA President said he was impressed by Qatar’s preparations being carried out to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The signing of the cooperation agreement demonstrates both associations’ objectives to cooperate and support the development of football in both countries by organising training sessions and camps, friendly matches, development workshops for technical staff, and exchanging knowledge and expertise for the mutual benefit of both parties.