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AFC Approves Appointment of 10 Qatari Cadres to 2023-2027 Session Permanent committees

The Asian Football Confederation has shown its faith in Qatari cadres by appointing numerous Qataris to its standing committees for the next 2023-2027 term.

AFC said that Qatar has the most individuals serving on these committees, as a reflection of its experience and leadership in sports administration.

Among the approved appointments is Hani Talib Ballan, a member of the Executive Committee of the QFA, who will serve as Chairman of the AFC Referees Committee for the fourth consecutive term. Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Thani, a member of the Executive Committee of the QFA, was appointed to the membership of the AFC Associations Committee, while Secretary-General of QFA Mansour Muhammad Al Ansari will serve as a member of the AFC Finance Committee for the third time.

Other appointments include Dr. Ahmed Khalil Al Abbasi, who is the Executive Director of Competitions and Football Development at Qatar Stars League, to the membership of the AFC Competitions Committee, Khalid Mubarak Al Kuwari, Director of Marketing and Communications Department of the QFA, to the membership of the AFC Communications Committee, and CEO of ASPETAR Hospital Dr. Abdulaziz Jaham Al Kuwari to the membership of the AFC Medical Committee, marking the second consecutive terms for each of them.

Director of the Development Department of the QFA Fahad Thani Al Zaraa was also appointed for membership in the AFC Technical Committee for the third consecutive term. Executive Director of the Qatar National Teams Talal Muhammad Al Kaabi was appointed to the membership of the AFC Development Committee, Dana Muhammad Al Nuaimi, who is the Executive Director of Legal Affairs at the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy was appointed to the membership of the AFC Legal Committee, and Khalifa Saleh Al Haroun, who is the Executive Advisor to QFA Secretary-General, was appointed to the AFC Marketing Committee.

These new appointments highlight the extraordinary knowledge and skill of Qatars sports administration. This knowledge was honed through the planning and execution of multiple major tournaments and sporting events, including the historic FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

This active presence of Qatar in the AFC is an extension of other positions held by Qataris in continental organizations and federations, including HE President of the QFA Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Thani, and member of the Executive Council of FIFA on behalf of the continent of Asia, and Hani Talib Ballan, Vice-Chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, among others.

Moreover, the Qatar Football Association is committed to leveraging the skills and expertise of talented young Qataris in international sports organizations. This strategic approach aligns with the Associations goal of developing a comprehensive system of highly qualified Qatari professionals, who can positively influence the quality of events and sports tournaments hosted by the country in the coming years.

Source: Qatar News Agency