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Football: Nike ball kicks off Asian Cup’s 100-day countdown

Dato’ Alex Soosay, General Secretary of the AFC, and Tengku Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah, AFC Vice-President and Chairman of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Organising Committee, with the first official ball.

Dato’ Alex Soosay, General Secretary of the AFC, and Tengku Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah, AFC Vice-President and Chairman of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Organising Committee, were presented with the official ball by Nike.

October 1, 2014: The AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 kicked off its 100-day countdown on Wednesday with events across the region, including the handover of the Official Ball from Nike to the AFC in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia’s capital, the home of the AFC, also hosted the tournament’s Team Workshop.

 

Sydney hosted an AFC Asian Cup launch on the same day, while China legend Fan Zhiyi, a tournament Ambassador, was one of the high-profile guests at the Shanghai leg of the event’s Trophy Tour of China.

 

The 16th Asian Cup kicks off on January 9 with a match between hosts Australia and Kuwait at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, and Dato’ Alex Soosay, General Secretary of the AFC, said excitement was building for the 16-team event.

 

“We can truly sense the enthusiasm among the fans, players and all those involved in the tournament,” Soosay said.

 

Dato’ Alex Soosay and Tengku Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah with representatives of the teams competing at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia.

Representatives of the 16 teams participate in the Official Ball Presentation at the tournament’s Team Workshop.

“The official ball handover marks another step closer towards what is set to be one of our most intriguing competitions yet. The preparations are going well and I am confident that the standards of football that will be played will contribute to making it a grand spectacle.”

 

In Sydney, more than 300 business and community leaders at a gala lunch, as Australia prepares to host the tournament for the first time. In the host cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) toured some iconic locations with giant inflatable footballs to promote the 100-day countdown.

 

The 16 teams will compete in 32 matches over 23 days, finishing with the final at Sydney’s Stadium Australia on January 31.

 

Michael Brown, CEO of the LOC, said: “Australia is ready to host Asia’s biggest and most prestigious football tournament and to welcome fans from across Asia to our shores for what will be a festival of football. We are very excited that in less than 100 days, Asia’s best footballers will be here and we will see world-class football in our five beautiful host cities.”

 

As well as Australia and Kuwait, the other sides are defending champions Japan – who have triumphed a record four times – Bahrain, China, DPR Korea, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Korea Republic, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Uzbekistan and Palestine.

 

The event’s Trophy Tour, sponsored by Continental, began in Beijing on September 26 and will also travel to Guangzhou and Chengdu in China. The Tour will then pass through Qatar (October 23-25), UAE (October 30-November 1), Korea (November 14-16) and Japan (November 21-23) before a 10-day journey in Australia starting on December 2.

 

For tickets, visit: www.afcasiancup.com/tickets.

 

Source: AFC Asian Cup (www.afcasiancup.com); Editing by SportAsia

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