DOHA, Sept. 13, 2020: The return of Asian football will celebrate the medical workers who have been the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic when the AFC Champions League restarts in the West Region in Qatar on Monday, September 14.
The four stadiums where the centralised matches are scheduled to kick-off in Doha will be dressed with the slogan – #FootballForHeroes – to pay tribute to the healthcare professionals – working tirelessly on the frontlines while reminding the Continent’s fans, players and match officials to remain vigilant in the fight against the pandemic.
The #FootballForHeroes video highlights the various messages from Asian football stars paying homage to the frontliners and healthcare professionals while also featuring the AFC doctors and medical practitioners from the highly-acclaimed #BreakTheChain series which was launched on March 26, 2020.
In addition to the #FootballForHeroes visuals taking their spots in strategic places across the stadiums, football fans will also be able to see a special tribute message which will be broadcasted live during the matches.
After more than six months since the suspension of the AFC Champions League on March 4, 2020, the excitement is now building as Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli Saudi FC take on Iraq’s Al Shorta at the Khalifa International Stadium.
Meanwhile, United Arab Emirates’ Shabab Al Ahli Dubai are scheduled to battle Shahr Khodro FC from the Islamic Republic of Iran – with both matches scheduled to kick-off at 6:00 pm (local time).