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AFC’s plan for Asia

Kuala Lumpur (AFP): The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Thursday announced preparation of a long-term master plan to raise the standard of Asian football “to the realms of excellence”.

AFC president Mohammed bin Hammam said the 12-year plan was scheduled to begin in 2004 and would be preceded by a technical study beginning next year.

Fifa had allocated an annual grant of $ 2.5 million to be used for its preparation and had pledged further funds for its execution.

A conference of national associations in the region will be organised to market the Asian vision once the master plan was completed.

Hammam said the continent would be divided into six geographical zones — West Asia, South, Central and East Asia, China and India — were national teams of countries in each zone would be ranked according to performance.

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