x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Bin Hammam unopposed as AFC president

The Qatari will be unopposed at the January 6 vote for a third and final four-year term as president of the Asian Football Confederation.

KUALA LUMPUR // Fifa executive committee member Mohammed Bin Hammam will be unopposed for a third and final four-year term serving as president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

The AFC say that the Qatari is the only candidate in a scheduled January 6 vote at its congress in Doha. Its constitution limits presidents to three terms, and 12 years, in office.

The confederation also published the list of candidates competing to represent Asia on Fifa's ruling executive committee, including its most senior role as a vice president of football's world governing body.

Asia's football nations will choose between the incumbent Chung Mong-joon of South Korea and the challenger Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan.

Chung has been linked with a challenge to Fifa president Sepp Blatter, whose own third term ends next year.

Prince Ali helped create and leads the West Asian Football Federation, which contains 13 teams including the United Arab Emirates.

Fifa executive committee terms are expiring next year for Thailand's Worawi Makudi and Japan's Junji Ogura, who is 72 and barred by AFC age rules from standing.

The AFC said candidates for the four-year mandate are Makudi, the current AFC vice presidents Vernon Manilal Fernando of Sri Lanka and China's Zhang Jilong, plus Kohzo Tashima of Japan.

Zhang served on the 2008 Beijing Olympics organising committee. Tashima is general secretary of Japan's football association and a member of its 2022 World Cup bidding team.

Bin Hammam's Fifa executive seat is secure through to 2013, after he won an election against Bahrain's Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa in May last year.

Asia provides four members of Fifa's 24-member ruling panel, whose most important task is choosing World Cup hosts.

The current Fifa executive committee will vote for the 2018 and 2022 host nations in a secret ballot on December 2 in Zurich.

The AFC has four contenders in the 2022 bid, with Australia, Japan, Qatar and South Korea taking on the United States.