DILI (2 May 2013) – Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain was elected as the new President of AFC for the term 2013-2015 today.
In the AFC Extraordinary Congress, Shaikh Salman secured 33 votes out of 46 votes (2/3rd majority) in the first round of ballot to defeat Dato’ Worawi Makudi of Thailand (seven votes) and UAE’s Yusuf Yakoob Al Serkal (six votes).
Dr Hafez Al Medlej of Saudi Arabia had withdrawn from the contest yesterday.
Shaikh Salman also won the FIFA Executive Committee seat by defeating Hassan Al Thawadi of Qatar. He received 28 votes to 18 votes. The term of this seat is from 2013 until 2017.
“I congratulate Shaikh Salman for his brilliant election to the Presidency of the Asian Football Confederation, as well as to the FIFA Executive Committee. One of the key missions he will have to ensure is that unity prevails within the AFC,” said FIFA president Sepp Blatter afterwards.
“Unity, as well as solidarity, are absolutely key and necessary pillars for any institution to build solid plans and structures for its future.
“With two thirds of the world population, Asia clearly plays a huge role in the international football community. But it certainly has not yet reached its full potential. AFC shall unite all its energies to continue to strengthen the growth of the Game in Asia.”
Moya Dodd of Australia was re-elected unopposed as the AFC Vice-President (Female) for the term 2013 until 2015. Han Un-gyong (DPR Korea) and Susan Shalabi Molano (Palestine) were elected as AFC Executive Committee female members for the East and West respectively. Their terms will run from 2013-2015.
The Ordinary Congress takes place tomorrow.
AFC President (2013-2015)
Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (Bahrain) – 33 votes
Dato’ Worawi Makudi (Thailand) – Seven votes
Yousuf Al Serkal (UAE) – Six votes
FIFA Executive Committee member (2013-2017)
Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (Bahrain) – 28 votes
Hassan Al Thawadi (Qatar) – 18 votes
AFC Vice-President (Female; 2013-2015)
Moya Dodd (Australia) – Unopposed
AFC Executive Committee members (Two seats; Females; 2013-2015)
Han Un-gyong (DPR Korea) – Unopposed
Susan Shalabi Molano (Palestine) – Unopposed