Former national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung declared his candidature for the presidency of the Football Association of Thailand, with the simple election slogan “Fair”.
Following speculation the previous week that he would put his name forward for the top job in Thai football, the 60-year-old confirmed his shock move to stand in the re-arranged FA vote, due to take place on February 11, at a packed press conference.
Despite having no experience in football administration, Somyot expressed his desire to run for a post that he said would allow him to “serve” the country again.
“Having been approached by Pol LtGeneral Pisan [Jundilok, a candidate who was set to stand in last month’s FA election that was postponed], I was initially hesitant over whether to run for the post or not.
“However, after sounding out others and consulting several clubs as well as many senior figures in Thai football, I decided to enter the race because most of them said they want me in the association. They all said it’s time for a change in Thai football.”