AFC president supports Asia’s bid for 2022 World Cup
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Mohamed Bin Hammam, president of Asian Football Confederation, expressed his staunch support for Asian countries bidding for the 2022 World Cup.
“There are now four Asian countries bidding for the 2022 World Cup. Naturally, if one of them wins the bid, then Asia’s 2026 bid is going to disappear,” Bin Hammam said. He also added that the AFC will always support Asian countries bidding for the World Cup.
Bin Hammam’s confidence in seeing an Asian country flourish was boosted by the spectacular performances of the region’s teams during the South Africa World Cup.
“Asian teams played very well in South Africa; Japan and South Korea made it into the last 16. Actually, their play and performances were worthy of a place in the quarterfinals,” he said.
“The good Cup performances have provided an incentive for other parts of Asia to look for ways and means to develop football in their countries.”
China is among those nations which has been exerting their best efforts to catch up with its East Asian neighbors.
Encouraged by the success of the recently concluded World Cup in South Africa, Wei Di, head of the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said earlier this week that they are planning to bid for the 2026 Cup. In an interview with Titan Sports, Wei Di said, that they were moved to see all the social benefits South Africa got from hosting the World Cup. They are preparing to ask the General Administration of Sport to bid for the 2026 World Cup.
China’s chances of winning the 2026 bid will only happen if none among South Korea, Japan, Australia and Qatar wins in the chase for the 2022 event.