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Prince Ali Meets AFC Candidates
FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein has convened a meeting of the West Asian Football Federation this week in a bid to choose a consensus candidate for the AFC presidency.
Leaders of the other 12 WAFF federations are invited to the Amman summit.
Three candidates from West Asia standing for the AFC presidency are: Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa; United Arab Emirates FA chief Yousuf Al Serkal; and Saudi Arabia’s Hafez El Medlej.
Hayatou Prepares for Final Term as CAF Boss
Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou will be re-elected at the CAF Congress in Marrakech this weekend.
The Cameroonian is unopposed for CAF’s presidential election, mainly because he introduced controversial rules preventing a challenge from anyone who has not been a member of the CAF executive committee.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter is scheduled to attend the March 9-10 CAF Congress.
He was in the Seychelles last September and endorsed a CAF rules vote to restrict presidential candidates to current or former executive committee members.
The 66-year-old, head of the African confederation since 1988, has been a FIFA vice-president since 1992 and an IOC member since 2001.
Hayatou, who said last month that this will be his last term as CAF president, came under investigation as part of the ISL marketing scandal.
The Cameroonian and several other FIFA officials were alleged to have taken kickbacks from World Cup television deals.
Hayatou was accused of taking 100,000 French Francs (about $20,340). He has always maintained that it was a gift for his confederation.
Blatter Meets Ukraine Officials
Before flying out to Marrakech, the Swiss is scheduled to meet with a delegation from the Football Federation of Ukraine.
Discussions will likely include Ukraine’s achievements in co-hosting Euro 2012. Ukraine’s ambitions to stage a match at the Euro 2020 tournament, which will be spread around Europe, may also come up.
By INSIDER’s Mark Bisson
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