The AFC Professional Leagues Ad Hoc Committee met under the chairmanship of the President of the Japan Football Association, Saburo Kawabuchi, and discussed in detail the criteria required for re-launching professional leagues and clubs across the Asian continent. The initial study is focusing on evaluating 22 countries and the current league and club infrastructure, with a view to at least ten countries relauching their leagues during the 2009 – 2012 period and meeting all of the minimum requirements by 2012. The committee discussed best practices from around the world, taking into account a key objective to ensure commercial success through having a transparent business infrastructure in each national league.
Kyrgyzstan powerhouse Dordoi-Dynamo will began their title defence in the third AFC President’s Cup against Cambodian club Khemara at the Penjab Stadium on 18 May. The eight-team club competition will run from 17 – 27 May. The draw pitted Tajikistan heavyweights Regar-Tadaz in group A alongside hosts and Pakistan Premier League champions Pakistan Army, Bhutanese outfit Transport United and Sri Lanka’s Ratnam Sports Club. Group B includes Dordoi-Dynamo, Khemara, Nepal’s national league champions and Chinese Taipei’s Tatung Club.