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Colaco confirmed that talks are on to initiate a club championship in the SAFF region in order to improve the football in the region...

Alberto Colaco, the South Asian Football Federation’s (SAFF) general secretary, stated that there will be a discussion on kick-starting a SAFF Club Championship in the Executive Committee meeting to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka later this week.

It was only last month that Tony Fernandes, the owner of Queens Park Rangers (QPR) and Air Asia – the world’s biggest budget airline, spoke of having an ASEAN league in order to make football in the region more competetive. Fernandes had already founded and funded an ASEAN basketball league which has been running successfully since then.

"I will put money in an Asean league,” Fernandes said.

"It will be great to have an ASEAN football league like the European (Champions League). It will be exciting to see players from Malaysia and Singapore play," he added.

In a similar vein of thought, SAFF is keen to introduce a club championship which shall go on to provide more opportunities for clubs to compete in the region.

“We are discussing about introducing a Club championship in the Executive Committee of SAFF,” confirmed Colaco to Goal.com.

He further mentioned that the possibility of SAFF Club Championship seeing the light of the day would depend on the competitions calendar of each country.

“However the chances of starting this tournament will depend on availability of the Clubs.  This is a very difficult task as each Country has a different competitions calendar,” he said.

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