Posted on June 01, 2018

Qatar is well-equipped to stage a successful and ideal World Cup when it hosts the finals in 2022 thanks to its abilities and capacities, Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad said.

The Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani met on Wednesday at his office at Al Bahr Palace with CAF President on the occasion of his visit to the country. HH Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani, personal representative of HH the Amir, attended the meeting.

Speaking during an interview with Al Kass Channel, Ahmad expressed his deep admiration of the exclusiveness of football in Qatar, evident in the proximity of the hosting venues of the Qatar World Cup, which, he added, will be the most accessible tournament edition as it allows fans to attend more than one game in the same day. The CAF president said Qatar is a developed country and its people are open to all fields, notably football, adding that this will greatly make the finals succeed, especially from the organizational side. Ahmad said he has no doubt that Qatar World Cup will be successful and excellent in light of the full Qatari commitment to organize the global showpiece. He added that he reviewed the phases of preparations and the under-construction facilities.

The African football chief hailed the substantial development that he saw at Aspire Academy, which he had visited seven years ago. He said that each country needs a similar institute for the sake of developing the game domestically and continentally. Ahmad praised Qatar Football Association's (QFA) commitment to the partnership with CAF and working constantly to develop it to greater levels, pointing out that Qatar is always a leader and proactive in serving football. He also said that Qatar's participation in the 2019 Copa America is good for the national team's preparations for the 2022 World Cup as Qatar would take on heavyweight national teams and have the unique chance of participating in a major tournament.

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