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Sheikh Salman poised for re-election as AFC president

Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa is set to be re-elected as president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after his final challenger for the role withdrew his candidacy.

Saud Abdul Aziz al-Mohannadi, vice-president of the Qatar Football Association (QFA), had been in the running for the AFC presidency but in a statement issued yesterday (Thursday) he pledged his support to Sheikh Salman.

A third candidate, Mohamed Khalfan Al Romaithi of the United Arab Emirates, withdrew his candidacy earlier this month. As a result, Sheikh Salman will stand for another four-year term unchallenged.

Al-Mohannadi said: “Our position in the Qatar Football Association has been consistent and supportive of HE Sheikh Salman since he assumed the presidency of the Asian Football Confederation where I worked closely with him.

“As for Asian football, I and the Qatar Football Association in general, will continue to support HE Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim in his role as president of the AFC and we are fully confident that he can lead Asia in the way required to power Asian football to a bright future.”

Sheikh Salman has served as AFC president since 2013 and now appears set to be re-elected on April 6 during the AFC’s congress meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 53-year-old also serves as a vice-president of Fifa, the sport’s global governing body.