Las Vegas, NEVADA, 4 August 2021 - Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, President of the Qatar Football Association (QFA), met Mr Victor Montagliani, President of the CONCACAF Confederation.
The meeting took place on the margin of the final match of the 2021 Gold Cup. The United States have been crowned champions after downing Mexico 1-0 in extra time on Sunday night at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The meeting discussed bilateral relations and ways to strengthen and further develop them. They also discussed mutual interest matters and agreed to promote cooperation further to develop football ties between Qatar and Concacaf member nations.
The friendly meeting was concluded with the exchange of commemorative shields between the two sides.
The meeting was also attended by Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General at Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Mushtaq Al Waili, Executive Director of the Strategic and Institutional Planning Office QFA and Mansoor Al Ansari, Secretary General of the Qatar Football Association.
“this year, we’ve hosted the Asian Champions, Qatar, to the Gold Cup. They have made a tremendous contribution to the tournament, not only on the pitch but also off the pitch. On the pitch, they’ve been fighters and played top-class football. Off the pitch, they’ve been a great ambassador to their country, region, and the continent of Asia. I thank them for that and for being class and for their friendship.” said Victor Montagliani, President of CONCACAF.
In September 2020, the Qatar Football Association (QFA) and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) formed a new strategic partnership with Concacaf, the governing body for football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
The partnership sees the QFA and the SC play a vital role in all levels of football and sport across the Concacaf region and help deliver long-term football for development programmes across the region.
Firstly, the partnership includes Qatar’s participation as a guest nation in the region’s top football competition, the Concacaf Gold Cup, in 2021 and 2023. The reigning AFC Asian Cup champions’ appearance marks another important football development milestone on the road to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. It will help prepare the team ahead of their first match as host nation on Qatar on 21 November 2022.
The partnership also includes long-term involvement in the region’s football development initiatives, which will benefit thousands of young people across the region, and help ensure a lasting human legacy for the FIFA World Cup 2022™.