Unity and change have been the concurring themes in the lead-up to today's Asian Football Confederation presidential election here in Kuala Lumpur.
All three candidates in the fray - Yousuf Al Serkal, Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim and Worawi Makudi - have included these two pledges in their manifestos. Even Hafez Al Medlej, who withdrew from the race last night, had made the same promises.
Unity in the Byzantine world of Asian football, however, could just be a pipe dream.
Two days before the elections Sheikh Talal Al Fahad, brother of Sheikh Salman's principal supporter Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad, declared his intentions to run for the presidency in 2015.
On the other hand, Ahmed Eid, the president of the Saudi Arabia football association, promised his country will be putting up candidates for every post in the 2015 elections.
He made the commitment while announcing the withdrawal of Al Medlej last night. What hope does unity then have when the battle lines, between familiar foes, are already being drawn for 2015?
And should Sheikh Salman win, the new president of AFC might not feel so great knowing he might just be a makeweight as the heavyweights wait for a proper term from 2015. Or will he defy Sheikh Ahmad?
And how can the new administration keep to promises of rooting out corruption when their campaigns have been the targets of allegations?
Will change, then, be just a fresh coat of paint on the decaying edifice of Asian football? Peter Velappan, a long-time AFC official, is hoping that is not the case.
"Football is really in a very dangerous situation," said the former general secretary of AFC. "The last few years have been a disaster for football and, unfortunately, now we've got a big fight for the next president and it's not a very healthy fight because I hear so many unhealthy things are happening.
"If the next president carries with him a negative image, then there is nothing he can do for football. He will sit in the AFC chair only looking after his interests and his friends.
"The members should say: 'Hey, stop all of this. Let's find one guy who is above board, without carrying all of the shadows of anybody, and start kicking the ball.' The man who comes to the chair on Thursday must be clean and not carrying any stigma, otherwise they cannot deliver on their promises."
Will that happen today? Only time will tell, but the battles within the AFC seem to be going global.
A few commentators have claimed today's AFC elections is the start of a contest between the Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, the chief of European football, that could peak at the 2015 elections for world football's top post.
Blatter has denied he is supporting any of the candidates in today's election, but Platini said he is "not so neutral". "I have a favourite, but I will not tell you who that is," the Uefa president said here yesterday.
Like Platini, most of the 47 member associations are also keeping their cards close to their chests.
It could be a long night for the candidates then, with hopes of a new dawn in Asian football hanging on the horizon.
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