Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa to stay on as AFC president for another four years

Mohammad Khalfan Al-Romaithi is to stay on as Asian football's top man. (AFP)
Updated 28 March 2019
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Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa to stay on as AFC president for another four years

  • Qatar’s Saoud Al-Mohannadi pulls out of the election for the regional body’s top post.
  • Sheikh Salman has been in the role since 2013.

LONDON: Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa will govern Asian football for another four years after his final challenger for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) presidency withdrew his candidacy on Thursday.
Qatar’s Saoud Al-Mohannadi pulled out of the election for the regional body’s top post and announced his support for Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman, a week after the UAE’s Mohammad Khalfan Al-Romaithi also withdrew.
Sheikh Salman, who says he has the support of as many as 40 of the AFC’s 47 member associations, will now stand unopposed in the election at the AFC congress in Kuala Lumpur next Saturday.
“I, personally, and the Qatar Football Association, will continue to support Sheikh Salman in the role of AFC president,” Al-Mohannadi said in a statement posted on the Qatar Football Association’s website.
“We are fully confident he will guide Asia as one unit in all forthcoming matters.”
Al-Mohannadi’s withdrawal had been expected following Al-Romaithi’s announcement last Thursday.
The new four-year term will extend Sheikh Salman’s reign at the AFC to 2023, with the Bahraini royal first claiming the post in 2013 following Mohammed bin Hammam’s ban from all football activities by FIFA.


Princess becomes first Saudi woman to head sports club

Updated 22 July 2019
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Princess becomes first Saudi woman to head sports club

  • Princess Nourah thanked her hosts for the hospitality and outlined her ambitions for the team’s future

RIYADH: Princess Nourah bint Saad has officially become the first Saudi woman to be president of a sports club. Italian news outlet Corriere Della Sera reported recently that the princess had successfully acquired the Umbrian football club Spoleto.

Speaking at a press conference, the princess thanked her hosts for the hospitality and outlined her ambitions for the team’s future. 

“Football is a family passion, and Italian football is followed all over the world. This is why I chose to invest in Umbria,” she said. 

Princess Nourah chose the team after considering several aspects. “Spoleto is a small, amateur football organization where it is possible to work with the aim of growing and aiming for promotion. But we cannot fail to consider the value and beauty of the city of Spoleto, which is famous throughout the world.” Spoleto is a member of Serie D of the Italian non-professional football association, Lega Nazionale Dilettanti.  The association represents more than 12,000 football players and 400 football teams across Italy and is considered the fourth-ranked league in the country. Under the princess’s presidency, the team aims to ascend to Serie C in the near future, and further in the long term.

Spoleto announced that they have formally registered for the Excellence Umbria 2019/2020 championship and the Regional Junior Championship 2019/2020.

This purchase marks the Saudi royal family’s second venture into sports club ownership. Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad co-owns English Premier League football club Sheffield United.