Saudi newspaper claims Konami have secured AFC Champions League license

Published at 3:03 pm, Thursday, 18 April 2013
Author: Mike Harvey |

Saudi newspaper, Al-Jazirah, are today reporting that Konami have agreed a deal for the AFC Champions League license.

Although there's been no official confirmation from Konami yet, the paper says the contract will last until 2016 and will come into play in time for the release of Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 later this year.

The AFC Champions League is Asia's top-level club football tournament which is contested by teams from all over the continent, including sides from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Japan, China and Australia.

Read the translated article below:

"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, which will open the field to expand the base of participation in the AFC Champions League during the period from 2014 until 2016, by raising the number of participating countries from 10 countries to 23 countries, according to the classification of the AFC football in accordance with the decision of the Executive Office of the Union, which was held in the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, headed by acting AFC head of operations Ji Long on Wednesday, 12/03/2013."

This report comes just days after Dr Hafez Al-Medlej, Head of Marketing at the Asian Football Confederation (mentioned above), revealed "very important" PES news will arrive next week.

A big well done to TodoWE for the find - and also thanks to WENB for the translation.

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