Source: ADSC 11/5/2018 12:00:00 AM Share this:

School children have scored with 90 minutes of action, swapping the classroom for the football pitch as excitement grows for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 which kicks off in just two months.

In the countdown to the biggest ever sporting event to be held in the UAE, AFC Asian Cup ambassador Majed Abdullah surprised one lucky school, unveiling the impressive AFC Asian Cup trophy during football activities, as well as hosting a special question and answers session on his glistening career, which saw him crowned Asian Footballer of the Year on three occasions.

Bringing the celebration of the AFC Asian Cup closer to communities, excitement amongst hundreds of children saw them showcase their footballing skills and knowledge as well as practicing their goalscoring celebrations alongside Majed Abdullah, who netted over 70 goals for Saudi Arabia during his playing career.

Commenting on his visit to the school, AFC Asian Cup ambassador Majed Abdullah said: “Football is so powerful in bringing many different people from all backgrounds and nationalities together, whether at the stadiums or in a classroom.

“Being at the school has shown us the excitement among young football fans for the AFC Asian Cup tournament and it’s great that we have been able to share the enthusiasm ahead of the tournament.

“The love of football from the young fans was so energizing and they showed me a lot of their skills during the visit, including some new goal celebrations, although I prefer my celebration to the ‘dab’ they taught me!”

Speaking on the two-month countdown to the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, Tournament Director for the Local Organising Committee, His Excellency Aref Hamad Al Awani, commented:

“The excitement for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 continues to grow amongst football fans of all ages and we have seen this first hand, across the schools programme.

“Communities throughout the UAE have already played a significant part in the build up to the tournament, creating excitement and enthusiasm for this great tournament. Having seen great energy across the UAE, supporters coming to the country for the tournament can be confident of a warm and welcoming reception as we bring Asia together through football.”

The Schools Programme, which will engage with over 75,000 youngsters throughout the UAE, encourages youngsters to think outside the box and improve leadership skills through the power of football as they participate in the ‘Be A Captain’ activities to boost their capabilities in problem-solving, critical thinking and fitness performance.

As the tournament gets closer, sports enthusiasts can be part of the action, signing up to one of the community progammres such as volunteering opportunities or the chance to become a Playmaker, Community Ambassador by emailing

Tickets for the tournament are easily available online by visiting with prices starting from as little as DHs25.