(WFI) Asian sports powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al Ahmad Al Sabah is among seven candidates vying for three of the region’s seats on the FIFA Executive Committee, the Asian Football Confederation confirms.

Incumbent AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa stands unopposed for a second term, which comes with Asia’s FIFA vice presidency position.

Sheikh Ahmad, an ally of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, is credited with helping Salman of Bahrain get elected as AFC president in 2013. The president of the Olympic Council of Asia and head of the Association of National Olympic Committees is now setting his sights on another prestigious role in world sport – a place at football’s top table.

The influential Kuwaiti is widely expected to secure one of the two seats to serve a term from 2015-2019. The other Asian seat on FIFA’s ruling body is for a two-year term.

Elections take place at the AFC Congress at the Gulf Convention Centre in Manama, Bahrain, on April 30.

Thailand’s controversial FIFA ExCo member Worawi Makudi is running for re-election. Also seeking a FIFA seat are: Prince Abdullah Al-Haj Ibni Sultan Hj Ahmad Shah of Malaysia; South Korea’s Mong Gyu Chung, Japan’s Kohzo Tashima, Qatar’s Saoud A. Aziz M A Al Mohannadi and Sayyid Khalid Hamed Hamood Al Busaidi of Oman.

China’s Zhang Jilong decided not to stand again for a FIFA post. But he is one of six Asian football officials running for the five AFC vice presidency seats (one from each zone).

Five women will be elected to the AFC ExCo, representing each of Asian’s zones. They are: Moya Dodd of Australia, North Korea’s Han Un Gyong, Zohra Mehdi of Afghanistan, Susan R. A. Shalabi of Palestine and Mahfuza Akhter Kiron of Bangladesh.

Eleven positions for the AFC Executive Committee will also be filled at next month’s elections.

By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson

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