Semi-Final and the fight for 3rd place
Doha: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Qatar Football Association (QFA) have decided to donate the ticket revenue from the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ semi-finals, which will take place on Tuesday, January 25, to the flood victims of Australia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
A joint statement issued by AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam and QFA President Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmed Al Thani called for joining hands to alleviate the suffering of the flood-stricken in the three Asian countries.
The statement: “Our thoughts and wishes go to all those who suffer in our fellow Asian Nations of Australia, Thailand and Sri Lanka, recently struck by flooding and national disasters.
"It is the joint decision of the Asian Football Confederation and the Qatar Football Association/Qatar Local Organising Committee for the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™, to offer the proceeds of tomorrow’s Semi Final matches of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ to a disaster relief fund in order to help those affected.
"Our condolences are offered to those who have lost their loved ones during these tragic events.”
The children who played for their respective school teams came from various nationalities namely African, American, Bangladeshi, Canadian, European, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Pakistani, Qatari and Sri Lankan.
Despite coming from certain nationalities, the young players get to play for school teams that represent nations other than their own, a unique experience that further drives home the harmonious global village idea, one of the messages that the School Challenge aims to deliver to the students and their communities.
“It is going to be a good chance for children to know and understand harmony, mutual understanding and social cohesion by playing together with various international friends.
“The Dream Asia School Challenge programme will elaborate on the value of these timeless principles,” said the educator.