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.


Chelsea moves into top 4 after draw with Burnley

Updated 23 April 2019
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Chelsea moves into top 4 after draw with Burnley

  • Chelsea moves into the final Champions League qualifying spot

LONDON: Chelsea moved into the Premier League’s top four on Monday with a frustrating 2-2 draw with Burnley.
Goals two minutes apart from N’Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain put Chelsea on top at Stamford Bridge after Jeff Hendrick had given Burnley an early lead.
But Ashley Barnes pulled the visitors even in the 24th minute and Chelsea was unable to get the winner despite dominating possession and finishing with 22 shots.
Chelsea moves into the final Champions League qualifying spot, one point above Arsenal and three ahead of Manchester United, but has played one game more.
Burnley, meanwhile, all but guaranteed its Premier League status for another season.
The Clarets are nine points above Cardiff in the final relegation place with three games left and have a far superior goal difference.