Last Updated: February 01, 2023, 21:22 IST
The Member Associations of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Wednesday confirmed Saudi Arabia because the host for the AFC Asian Cup 2027 on the 33rd AFC Congress held.
The landmark resolution to present the internet hosting rights to Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) marks the primary time Asia’s crown jewel might be staged within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, whose nationwide facet ranks amongst the most effective performers within the match’s historical past, having clinched the coveted Continental crown on three events — in 1984, 1988 and 1996.
In his tackle to the 33rd AFC Congress, Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the AFC President stated: “Let me congratulate the Saudi Arabian Football Federation for being chosen because the hosts for the AFC Asian Cup 2027.
“This would be the first time the match might be staged within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and we sit up for working carefully with the SAFF and the Saudi Arabian Government to ship a memorable AFC Asian Cup for our followers and gamers in 2027,” he informed the delegates on Wednesday.
HRH Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Minister of Sport and Chairman of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee, who led the presentation to the AFC Congress, said: “It is an honour to have been chosen as hosts for the AFC Asian Cup 2027 and this is a historic and exciting moment for football in Saudi Arabia.
“We believe the best days of Asian football are yet to come and we see this tournament as an opportunity to showcase all that’s great about the game here. Our experience in hosting major sporting and entertainment events means that we are ready to deliver and ready to warmly welcome fans from across Asia and around the world.
“This will be an incredible AFC Asian Cup, made even more special by the passion of the Saudi fans. I would like to thank the AFC and all the Member Associations that have been involved in this process,” he stated.
India had bid to host the Asian Cup 2027 and was shortlisted together with Saudi Arabia however the newly-elected Executive Committee office-bearers of the All-India Football Federation (AIFF) led by president Kalyan Choubey withdrew the bid because it did meet its proposals for Vision 2047 doc.
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