ijjnews.com, November 11 -- Last night, the 12-day KELME 2018 AUSF Football Cup came to an end. By virtue of high-quality competition venues, elaborately planned organization and extremely distinctive Minnan food, Jinjiang has deeply impressed all guests from afar. Officials, coaches and athletes all praised, "Jinjiang is really beautiful. Playing matches here is very enjoyable!"
Praise from officials —
Smooth and organized running
During the competition, over 60 matches were held in six venues in Jinjiang, which was quite a challenge for the host city.
In order to create a top-level football feast for Asian college students, the competition had invited the international referee teams of the Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC) and the AUSF.
Gautam Carl, a technical official of AUSF from India, praised the competition for being such a great success. "The competition is well organized. Despite the large scale, Jinjiang's organization is very orderly. In particular, the staff and volunteers of relevant units in Jinjiang impressed me deeply with their dedication to the competition."
"It's not a simple thing. Jinjiang's staff has provided us with great support and help," said referee supervisor Jasim Abdulkarim.
Zhao Junjie, deputy director of the campus football department of the Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC), said that all participating teams spoke highly of the competition organization. Although the weather was not good, the competition was still well underway in an orderly manner. It's like a rehearsal for the 2019 FISU World Cup, through which we will make a bright appearance on the world stage.
Praise from coaches —
This is a rare opportunity for exchange
The team from the College of Asian Scholars won the championship of the women's teams of the competition. Nuengrutai Srathongvian, coach of the team, said that the spirit of never giving up of Chinese teams is worth learning, and Jinjiang's folk culture is very fascinating. "This is a rare opportunity for exchange in either football or culture. I believe that this will definitely become a precious memory for our students."
It is learned that this competition involved six competition venues and six training venues. Kim Kyung Rae, coach of the team of Myongji University (The Republic of Korea) marveled that Jinjiang had so many natural turf pitches with good lighting and kitted-out dressing rooms, and the accommodation and food were also satisfying.
"Jinjiang's fans indeed create a wonderful atmosphere. Their regular cheers fill us with power. We really enjoy the feeling of playing in Jinjiang." Nuengrutai Srathongvian, coach of the team of the College of Asian Scholars (Thailand), mentioned Jinjiang fans with praise, "The orderly fan groups on the day of opening ceremony and the fans at every match have impressed us deeply. Their appearance makes the competition more meaningful."
Praise from players —
It's very enjoyable to play matches in Jinjiang
500-plus college students of 16 men's teams and 7 women's teams from Asia participated in the event. During the twelve days, they showed off their football skills on the pitch, exchanged experience off the pitch, and also experienced Jinjiang's Minnan culture.
This was the first time for the team of Hong Kong Polytechnic University to take part in an intercontinental competition, and more than 3,000 spectators cheered them in their first match in Jinjiang. "It feels great, as if we were playing matches at our home," said a team member called Kwok Ting Him. For another team member Sun Ming Him, Minnan delicacies impressed him deeply during these days in Jinjiang. "Marinated noodles, ginger duck ... I like them very much." Kwok Ting Him spoke highly of Jinjiang's stadiums, "Stadiums and supporting facilities here are as superb as those in professional football matches. It's very enjoyable to play here."
"I am very happy to come to Jinjiang and experience Chinese culture." Lee Ji-yun from the team of Myongji Universitysaid that he liked the performance at the opening ceremony very much. "It's great to come to Jinjiang where I can communicate with players from other countries, not to mention playing football."
Hui Hui Elizabeth Koh, a player from the team of the National University of Singapore, also enjoyed the competition very much. "This competition can give us a very good platform to learn about the level of other countries' teams, to know more about Chinese culture, and to see a bigger world, so here we are!"