HRH Sultan Ahmad unanimously given second term as AFF president

ALL twelve Asean Football Federation (AFF) Member Associations today unanimously agreed on their choice of candidates for the FIFA-AFC elections which will be held in the middle of this year.

In a show of Asean Football solidarity, the AFF announced today they would support FA of Malaysia President, HRH Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and FA of Thailand President, Dato’ Worawi Makudi for the FIFA Executive Committee members.

AFF also announced that they would support Winston Lee (Singapore) for the position of AFC vice-president while Zaw Zaw (Myanmar) and Dr. Tran Quoc Tuan (Vietnam) for the AFC Exco positions.

The AFF had also made it known that they will fully back Moya Dodd (Australia) for the post of AFC Female vice-president.

At the same time, Viphet Sihachakr (Laos) and Mariano Araneta (Philippines) also offered themselves for the AFC Exco positions. The AFF supports their candidacy provided there are additional seats.

The list of candidates was announced following the AFF Council Meeting which was chaired by AFF President, HRH Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, Sultan of Pahang, here today.

Sultan Ahmad Gets Support of AFF Members

AFF President, HRH Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, received the overwhelming support of the AFF Member Associations and is set to lead the influential regional body for another term.

Sultan Ahmad, who took over as the AFF President in 2011 after winning unopposed, received the unanimous backing of the 12 member associations.

At the same meeting, the 12 members of the AFF also announced that they would support incumbents Honourable Francisco Kalbuadi Lay (Timor Leste) and Maj. Gen Khiev Sameth (Cambodia) to continue as two of the four AFF vice-president positions.

The remaining two positions have been extended to HRH Prince Sufri Bolkiah (Brunei) and Datuk Sri’ Prof. Dr. Ir Djohar Arifin Hussin (Indonesia).

Sultan Ahmad has contributed extensively to the growth of the AFF since taking over the reins of the regional Federation. This includes the construction of the AFF building in Putrajaya which recently had its ground-breaking ceremony.

Last year’s AFF Suzuki Cup has also been hailed as among the most successful in the history of the tournament.

The AFF elections are scheduled to be held on April 25 this year.

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