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Saudi Newspaper Confirms AFC Champions League License In PES


Following on from the announcement on Tuesday by Asian Football Confederation Head of Marketing Dr. Hafez Al-Medlej, Saudi daily newspaper Al-Jazirah has reported that Konami have indeed agreed a deal with the AFC to bring the Asian Champions League license to the Pro Evolution Soccer series.

Securing the Asian Champions League license would represent a major coup for Konami with the unprecedented following that the PES series has throughout Asia. We have translated the article featured in today’s issue below as online translators tend to alternate the meaning.

“The Asian Football Confederation’s marketing division has successfully finalised a deal with the Japanese (digital) company Konami to bring the AFC Champions League to the PlayStation.

The final signatures will take place over the coming days in the Emirate of Dubai with the presence of the vice-president of the AFC Yousef Al-Serkal and Dr. Hafez Al-Medlej the head of marketing at the AFC, and from Konami the Chairman and the Head of Marketing.

The deal comes with the growing following of the AFC Champions League and the expansion of the competition between unions that fall under the banner of the AFC Champions League Asia. This will expand the base of participation in the AFC Champions League for the season between 2014 and 2016, by raising the number of participating countries from 10 to 23, according to the classification of the AFC football in accordance with the decision of the Executive Office of the Union led by acting AFC head of operations Ji Long, which was held in the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, on Wednesday the 12th of March 2013.”

While we wait for official word from Konami and the AFC we will attempt to bring you all the latest news as it comes in. But given the constant reports from within the AFC and recognised media in the Middle East, this looks like a done deal.

Source: Todo WE

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