That after SAFF announced on Tuesday that it is pulling out of the South West Asian Football Federation (SWAFF
) the regional football body formed after extensive lobbying by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation in May after it met on the sidelines of Wednesday's AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur.
Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka all announced they were withdrawing from the 14-strong South West Asia Football Federation (SWAFF
Summary: New Delhi [India], Oct 30 (ANI): India along with six other South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) members, including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Pakistan pulled out of the newly-formed South West Asian Football Federation (SWAFF
) with immediate effect on Monday.
Having already seen his influence in South Asia wane at a recent election of the South West Asian Football Association (SWAFF
), he's also vary of the newly-elected Pakistan government that is potentially seeking to revive sports in the country.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iraqi Football Federation rejected Saudi Arabia's proposal to join the so-called Southwest Asian Football Federation (SWAFF
On the face of it, the establishment of the South West Asian Football Federation (SWAFF
) to help to develop the game, appears a benevolent undertaking, especially when the existing regional governing body is so vast.
To do so, Saudi Arabia has unilaterally launched a new regional bloc, the South West Asian Football Federation (SWAFF
), a potential violation of FIFA and AFC rules.
The new body, which will be officially known as the South West Asian Football Federation (SWAFF
), will include Oman, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Yemen, Bahrain, Maldives, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh as its founding members.
The 13 founding members of the South West Asian Football Federation (SWAFF
) are India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Maldives, Yemen, Oman, Kuwait, and UAE.
Saudi Arabia's bitter rivalry with Iran has spilled onto Asian soccer pitches with the newly created South West Asian Football Federation (SWAFF
) reflecting the kingdom's bid for regional hegemony, including domination of soccer.