The All India Football Federation (AIFF) thanked the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for giving them the chance to host Group E matches of the top-level AFC Champions League. All Group E matches were held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao, Goa. Indian club FC Goa also participated in it.
“The All India Football Federation is grateful to the Asian Football Federation for their confidence and support in the AIFF’s ability to successfully host the Group E matches of the AFC Champions League 2021 in Goa from April 14 to 29,” the AIFF said in a statement.
The AIFF also thanked the central and state governments for their support in organizing the matches.
According to the statement, “The AIFF also wants to put on record its appreciation and gratitude to the Government of Goa and its Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, along with the President of the Goa Football Association Mr. Churchill Alemao, and all the GFA Executive Committee members for helping Indian Football move forward together and achieve such stupendous success amidst such trying circumstances.”
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At the Fatorda Stadium in Margao, Goa successfully hosted 12 matches from April 14 to April 29, with it acting host to the Group E games, which involved Persepolis (Iran), Al Wahda (UAE) and Al Rayyan (Qatar), and FC Goa – who made their AFC Champions League debut. Juan Ferrando’s side showed fight during their games but still managed to finish third in their group after drawing three games, while Persepolis topped the table with 15 points.
“Congratulations to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the successful organisation of the AFC Champions League 2021 (West) – Group E in India. The success is no doubt a showcase of the dedication, hard work, and relentless efforts of the AIFF and LOC in ensuring a high level of organisation despite the challenging circumstances,” AFC general secretary Dato’ Windsor John Dato said in a letter addressed to his AIFF counterpart, Kushal Das.