Twelve members were on Thursday voted into the AFC Executive Committee during the 24th AFC Congress.
The voting was carried out regionally with each of the four zones delivering three members.
East Zone (three positions)
Zhang Jilong, of China, pulled out of the race having earlier been voted in as an AFC Vice President.
As a result, Mongolia’s Ganbold Buyannemekh, Japan’s Kohzo Tashima and Richard K. Lai, of Guam, were unopposed.
West Zone (three positions)
Two rounds of voting were required to decide these two positions. Sheikh Ali Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, of Bahrain, won the first round with 29 votes to earn his place in EXCO.
In the second round, Hafez Al Medlej, of Saudi Arabia, and Oman’s Khalid Hamed Al Busaidi each earned 27 votes to win their places in the Executive Committee.
Failing to retain his seat was Iraq’s Hussein Saeed while Lebanon’s Rahif Alameh was also eliminated.
South Central Zone (three positions)
The sub-continental trio of Ali Azim (Maldives), Praful Patel (India) and Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat (Pakistan) garnered enough votes to take the three places on the Executive Committee.
Azim had 27 votes, Patel 26 and Makhdoom 24. Other candidates were Sardor Rakhmatullaev, of Uzbekistan (22 votes) and Suhrob Qosimov, of Tajikistan (nine votes).
Asean Zone (three positions)
Winston Lee Boo Aun, of Singapore, and Vietnam’s Tran Quoc Tuan will be the new members of the AFC Executive Committee from Asean with Myanmar’s Zaw Zaw retaining his seat.
Lee earned 33 votes, Tran 30 and Zaw 23 – enough to see them earn their places ahead of Timor Leste’s Francisco Kalbaudi (20 votes) and Indonesia’s Nurdin Halid (21 votes).
Thailand’s Worawi Makudi withdrew from the race after retaining his FIFA Executive Committee seat.
FPDC Staff add that Faisal Saleh Hayat has become the first Pakistani in history to become part of this very important administrative body that controls Asian football.
The entire FPDC Team and President of PMC Athletico Faisalabad Rai Saif ur Rehman Bhatti offer their felicitations and congrats to the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) and to Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat for this remarkable achievement.
This shall surely help Pakistani football raise its profile across Asia as it has intense desire of show the whole world of its capabilities.
More news from PFF Media Cell to follow soon regarding full details about Faisal Saleh Hayat’s election!