The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will confer its prestigious award, the AFC Diamond of Asia award, to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, at its Annual Awards night on Nov 24.
AFC in it's official website, www.the-afc.com, said that the prestigious AFC award was bestowed upon an individual for exemplary contribution towards the development and promotion of football, on and off the field, within the Asian continent. This honour is AFC's way to acknowledge the recipient's sterling services.
The AFC Executive Committee has decided to honour the Premier for his continuous support to AFC in his capacity first as the Deputy Prime Minister and after taking over the Prime Minister's post on April 3, last year.
"We (the AFC Executive Committee) felt that Asian football had benefited in a great way with the help and support of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak," AFC President Mohamed Hammam was quoted.
"Malaysia is the home of AFC since 1965 and he was instrumental in granting AFC a special status in this country.
"His contribution to develop the game in the continent and his determination to take Asian football to greater heights should be recognised by all the stakeholders of the game," he added.
The recipient of this accolade enjoys a distinguished position within AFC and ranks only after the AFC Executive Committee in terms of importance within AFC's protocol and hierarchy.