AFC promotes pre-Asian Cup Festival in Malaysia

The Asian Football Confederation today kicked off the first of a series of festivals in Malaysia to promote the Asia Cup being held in four South East Asian nations (Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia) during 7-29 July. The Asian Cup Football Festival, held in collaboration with the Football Association of Malaysia, kicked off at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa with Ball Juggling, Blind Folded Penalty Kick, Face Painting, Q&A Contest, Street Soccer and Playstation contests.

"It's just the beginning," FAM Assistant Secretary-General Noor Kefli Md Sulung told Bernama newsagency. He said festivals will also be held at Dataran Shah Alam on 24 June and Dataran Merdeka on 7 July and will be exopanded to include a football workshop handled by former national players like Dollah Salleh and Azman Adnan.

"Today's promotion has more or less drawn the interest of local football fans to enliven the Asia Cup," Noor Kefli said. The sale of tickets for matches in Malaysia, meanwhile, was "quite slow but smooth especially through the internet", he said. "The biggest purchasers are supporters from Iran and Australia especially for the quarter-final and semi-final matches," he added.