Kuala Lumpur, Aug 13, IRNA -- Iran will be
among 19 countries contesting the nine seats available for the position of
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Committee member for the
four-year term at the AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
Mohsen Safeie Farahani, President of Iran's Football Association is heading
the Iranian delegation to the congress.
Other 18 countries are Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Guam, Hong Kong,
India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Lebanon, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan,
Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and
Uzbekistan. Brunei has withdrawn from the contest for the post.
Seen, Kuwaiti Asad Taqi's election as vice-president means Kuwait will have
to withdraw from the contest for Executive Committee member as required by
the election rules.
Meanwhile, Dasmunshi of India has withdrawn from the race for the
Vice-Presidency at the AFC.
Dasmunshi cited the need for solidarity in the AFC as the reason for
withdrawing from the contest.
His letter of withdrawal was received by the AFC Secretariat on Sunday and
endorsed by the Executive Committee at its meeting in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday.
Dasmunshi, the President of the All-India Football Federation (AIFF) is a
former vice-president of the AFC.
Dasmunshi's withdrawal has paved the way for Asad Taqi of Kuwait, Zhang
Jilong of China, Sri Lanka's Manilal Fernando and Tengku Abdullah ibni
Sultan Ahmad Shah of Malaysia to be elected unopposed as the four AFC
They will serve in the new AFC Executive Committee for a four-year term
Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar has been elected the AFC President unopposed.
He replaces Sultan Ahmad Shah of Malaysia. Dr Chung Mong Joon of Korea has
been elected unopposed as the FIFA Vice-President.
There will be a contest for the two positions of FIFA Executive Committee
member. Vying for this position are Worawi Makudi of Thailand, Abdullah Al-Dabal
of Saudi Arabia (both incumbents), Yousef Al-Serkal of the United Arab
Emirates and Junji Ogura of Japan.
As in the case of Kuwait, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Japan and UAE have to
withdraw from the contest for the position of AFC Executive Committee
member, if elected to the post of FIFA Executive Committee member.
Farouk Bouzo of Syria was elected unopposed as the treasurer.