16:20 | 02/11/2017 Sports
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam hosted a reception in Hanoi on November 1 for Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, President of the Asia Football Confederation (AFC).
|Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam (R) receives AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa in Hanoi on November 1 - Credit: VGP|
Deputy PM Dam said that the AFC leader’s visit shows the close relations of the confederation with member federations, including Vietnam, as well as its specific development strategies and policies.
Over the past year, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) has received support from the AFC in improving its profession, seeking measures to develop football activities, especially among the public and youth, and organising tournaments, he noted.
He affirmed that the Vietnamese Government always creates optimal conditions for football activities. He added that the operation of the VFF is always independent in line with Vietnamese law and international practices.
He also expressed his hope that in the future, the AFC will continue assisting Vietnamese football development through financial aid, training courses for players, coaches and referees as well as help the country in improving management of both professional and community-based football activities.
For his part, Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa held that Vietnamese football is on its way to integrate into international football, requiring stronger investment in all fields.
The AFC will continue helping Vietnamese football to further develop through specific programmes, thus contributing to the growth of Asian football, he pledged.