AFC concludes Congress
Kuala Lumpur: The 28th Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Congress today approved changes to its Statutes, which align the AFC with the highest principles of good governance.
The Qatar delegation was headed by (QFA) President Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmed Al Thani, Vice President Saud Al Mohannadi, Secretary General Mansoor Al Ansari and Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC).
The AFC Congress overwhelmingly approved the recognition of the five Asian Regional Associations and ‘welcomed them as partners’ in delivering the AFC’s Vision and Mission in the years ahead.
Also approved was a change in the Statutes which requires candidates for the office of the AFC President to be nominated by at least three Member Associations – but not necessarily by the Member Association they represent.
Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the AFC President, said: “With the support of the AFC Governance Task Force and the AFC Legal Committee, we are constantly reforming our statutes and regulations to be on par with established principles and standards of good governance and, of course, be in line with FIFA.
Shaikh Salman added: “We have now formalised our great relationship with the five AFC Regional Associations. Today, we officially recognised and welcomed them as partners to our mission to develop the game in Asia.
“The Regional Associations are another of our strong links to the Member Associations and we must support them and work with them.”
Meanwhile, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, addressed Congress and said: “I am very happy to be here because things are running very well in Asia.
“We are looking forward to another four years of a period where Asian football will play an important part, starting with the FIFA Club World Cup, which will begin in a few weeks in Abu Dhabi, then the AFC Asian Cup in the UAE, and of course, the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022 and our ambition is to stage an even better World Cup than our success in Russia.