Last Updated: February 01, 2023, 16:17 IST
Asia’s soccer chief and FIFA’s second-in-command Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa received a brand new four-year time period on Wednesday.
The Bahraini royal, who has led the Asian Football Confederation since 2013, was elected on the Asian Football Confederation Congress in his residence nation.
“I’d wish to thanks all for inserting your religion in me for one other four-year time period,” he said after the vote which saw him stand unopposed.
“Asian football is entering a new era.”
The Bahraini royal was a rival candidate to Infantino when the Italian-Swiss was elected FIFA president in 2016 after a serious corruption scandal ended the reign of Sepp Blatter.
Sheikh Salman, whose confederation contains 47 of FIFA’s 211 associations, has stated he backs Infantino’s bid for a recent mandate this yr.
Infantino congratulated al Khalifa and praised the rise of Asian soccer, pointing specifically to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“Obviously, the lads’s World Cup in Qatar was one of the best World Cup ever,” Infantino said.
“It will be difficult to meet this benchmark.”
The AFC was in chaos when Sheikh Salman took cost after predecessor, Qatari businessman Mohamed bin Hammam, was banned from soccer for life following bribery claims and conflict-of-interest violations.
After finishing the final two years of bin Hammam’s time period, Sheikh Salman was re-elected unopposed in 2015 and 2019.
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