By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
Australia’s leading international goal-scorer of all times Tim Cahill has joint Samuel Eto’o, Xavi Hernandez, Cafu and a other local and international icons as an official ambassador in the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy(SC) for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be organized in Qatar.
The SC aims to work with some of the iconic football stars to promote and deliver numerous legacy projects, and use the opportunities provided by Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to make a positive and lasting impact in the region and the rest of the world.
The former Everton forward has been visiting Qatar regularly in the last 12 years and has developed a good relationship with the Gulf nation. He will be working on a number of legacy projects, including Generation Amazing, Josoor Institute and Workers’ Welfare. Cahill is also expected to work with Qatari local communities to help leave a lasting and far reaching legacy for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Qatar.
It’s official. I’m excited to announce that as of today, I have become an ambassador for the @roadto2022 I join some esteemed company – Xavi, Cafu and Samuel Eto’o.
I've been coming to this country for over ten years and built connections that go beyond football ⚽️🇶🇦 pic.twitter.com/STcVQ0nhD9
— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) February 10, 2020
The Australian expressed his delight for the chance given to him to join the ambassador programmme.
“I think joining the SC family was a natural progression for me,” Cahill said at his announcement ceremony.
“I’ve been traveling to Qatar since 2008, so have developed a close relationship [with the country] over the years, so to be part of it, and to share the story of Qatar 2022 is pretty special.
“At the privileged to actually be in Switzerland at the time Qatar won [the rights to host the] World Cup. I remember afterwards talking about Qatar’s presentation; just seeing the elements of the stadium being built visually, and then the way they were all getting lifted and transferred to different countries. All these stuff was mind-blowing.
“They took the technology to a different level – everyone in that room was really impressed. To be sitting here today to see that concept in action; the stadiums, the air conditioning; it’s incredible.”
Tim Cahill is one of very special players to have featured in four different FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018). He also the first Australian to score a goal at the FIFA World Cup and bagged a record total of 50 goals in 108 appearances for the Socceroos. He was an integral part of the Australian team that lifted the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.
Cahill dusted his playing boots in 2019 after a-21-year successful playing career that took to England, the US, China, a return to his native Australia and finally to India. The former prolific goal scorer is very elated to have such a role in the Qatar 2022 World Cup event.
“It’s the biggest tournament ever to come to the Middle East,” he said.
“To hold this tournament and to share it with the world – and to be in a place where it’s never been done before – that’s what football does. Football is giving back to this region, but at the same time sharing its culture, values and lifestyle.”
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