Published — Friday 1 February 2013
Last update 31 January 2013 8:55 pm
SINGAPORE: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will elect a new president at an extraordinary congress in May, the regional body said on Thursday, almost 18 months after former head Mohammed Bin Hammam was first suspended by FIFA.
The AFC said the winning candidate from the May 2 election in Kuala Lumpur will hold the post until 2015, as opposed to the normal four-year term.
Nominations for the position opened on Thursday and will close on March 3, with United Arab Emirates (UAE) Football Association head and AFC vice-president Yousuf Yaqoob Yousuf and acting AFC president Zhang Jilong expected to run.
One man who won’t be running is FIFA vice-president Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein.
“I have no intention to run for AFC president in this election. look forward to a transparent and proper election,” the Jordanian royal tweeted in response to Reuters.
“I also look forward to candidates with clear football programs that outline how Asian football will rise to its full potential.” The AFC will also hold elections for a FIFA executive committee member position on a four-year term until 2017, a female AFC vice-president and two female AFC executive committee members to serve until 2015.
The AFC have been under the rule of Jilong since Bin Hammam was suspended during his failed bid to become FIFA president in July 2011, six months after he was sworn in unopposed for a third and final four-year term as head of the AFC.
The ugly episode dragged on as Bin Hammam battled to clear his name amid allegations that he tried to bribe officials in the election race against incumbent Sepp Blatter.