(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
The Qatar Football Association (QFA) and Football Federation of Maldives (FAM) signed a cooperation agreement at Al Bidda Tower in Doha, yesterday.
The agreement was signed by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, President of the QFA and Bassam Adeel Jaleel, President of the FAM.
The ceremony was attended by Saoud Al Mohannadi, Vice President of the QFA, Ali Dawood, Executive Director of the QFA President office, Mushtaq Al Waeli, Executive Director of Strategy and Institutional Development of the QFA, and Mohamed Shaweed, FMA Board Member and AFC Executive Committee Member.
The signing of this agreement is an important milestone for the QFA as it is part of its strategy to develop football in Qatar and strengthen its relationship with its' Asian counterparts.
The five-year agreement will contribute to the development of bilateral relations between the two countries, and focus on matters of mutual interest which will aim to enhance the development of football in Qatar and the Maldives.
A meeting was held between the QFA President and FAM President to endorse the terms of the agreement cooperation between the two FAs and discuss the existing bilateral relations between the two countries and matters of mutual interest.
He said: 'Through this agreement, we will focus on every aspect of the game and it will also help us in facilitating training camps here as well.
'I think a couple of months ago, our national A team was here for a training before our game against Oman so the strong relations we have the QFA have already been in place for a long time but the signing ceremony today is to simply formalize our relationship.
'I hope we will always have this relationship together to foster football at all levels, he added.
When asked about the current political situation that Qatar is facing and whether this MoU promotes that politics should not mix with football, he said: 'With regards to the current political issues, I think sports and politics should be separate and that's what we are always doing in the Maldives. Maldives FA and Qatar FA are brothers and we will have our relationship remain as it is and as always and I hope it continues forever, he commented. 'The Maldives FA works very closely with Maldives government and we earn a lot of assistance from the government to develop the game.
Jaleel also hailed the ongoing work for Qatar's preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.