Four Asian Cup hosts sign agreement with AFC

Representatives of the football associations of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand Vietnam signed a legal contract with the Asian Football Confederation on Monday confirming their countries as official co-hosts of the AFC Asian Cup 2007. The four nations are slated to host Asian football’s premier international football competition from 7-19 July 2007 and their signing of the document in Kuala Lumpur reaffirmed their commitment to making the tournament a success.

Speaking ahead of the signing, AFC president Mohamed bin Hammam admitted that the four co-hosts face a number of difficult challenges but expressed confidence that they will do a good job in 2007. “I am positive that our four organizing associations will all rise to the challenge of hosting what we hope will be AFC’s best competition to date. We are all determined to work together to make a very successful competition,” he said. “Up until now, all planning is going to schedule. The signing of the Organisation Association Agreements is a milestone in the staging of AFC competitions as we enter a new era of professionalism.”