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AFC Turmoil

Postby blahblah Tue May 15, 2018 11:30 am

It has been a busy 5 days in the AFC where the Saudi's are trying to form a new regional grouping, South West Asian Football Federation, that includes all the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) members bar Nepal & Bhutan and all of the West Asian Football Federation members that are aligned to it politically. Hence the new grouping would consist of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Iraq, Oman, Bahrain, Yemen, Maldives, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The headquarters are in Jeddah.

This would effectively dissolve the existing SAFF and render the WAFF ineffectual with only Jordan. Qatar, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine remaining. If it went ahead, one would assume these would join the Central Asian Football Federation (Iran already moved there in 2014).

How the AFC reacts to this overtly politicaly move, to use football to strengthen regional political divides, will be interesting.

At this stage the SAFF members are keeping their cards close to their chest, so it is unclear if they will indeed join the Saudi led bloc.

There are news releases from the SWAFF and Saudi media that suggest the new grouping will be running club & national competitions that will compete with existing AFC competitions. Those reports need to be treated with some scepticism given the early stages of SWAFF and the politics surrounding it.

The real question in the long term is if the Saudi's try to compete with the AFC, will it result in an AFC split?

More details regarding SWAFF should be available after a mooted meeting on May 25th and then a proposed general assembly following the World Cup.

Interesting times ahead for both East and West Asia.

An overview of some of the politics can be found here: https://intpolicydigest.org/2018/05/12/ ... r-pitches/
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Re: AFC Turmoil

Postby sevengoals Tue May 15, 2018 5:11 pm

Yes, very interesting.
And also quite destabilising...
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Re: AFC Turmoil

Postby blahblah Thu May 17, 2018 12:39 pm

I have seen unconfirmed reports that the 10 federations involved have received show-cause notices from the AFC.

The Indians seem to be hedging their bets as it seems the AIFF Exco was unaware and may not be so keen on the idea, not least as it will put them directly in conclict with the AFC and FIFA. Pakistan also seem coy. Without the SAFF members the entire concept has no legs.

Given Baharin are involved I cannot help but wonder what is going on in the local politics as the move would undermine Al-Khalifa as AFC President.

The Australian press seems blissfully ignorant.....nothing new there.
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Re: AFC Turmoil

Postby blahblah Fri May 18, 2018 4:28 pm

It appears the proposed meeting on the 25th of May has been postponed until after the World Cup. The move by Saudi sports authority chief, Turki Al-Sheikh, appears to be losing momentum as the various SAFF members are becoming increasingly wary.
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Re: AFC Turmoil

Postby otto62 Sun May 20, 2018 12:36 am

Not surprised at the delay. Do it now and FIFA might kick the Saudis out of the World Cup.

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