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S. Korean football chief takes 2nd crack at FIFA Council

All News 17:05 June 10, 2016

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, June 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korean football chief Chung Mong-gyu will take his second crack at winning a seat on FIFA's main decision-making body.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Friday unveiled the list of eight candidates who will stand for three places available to Asia on the revamped FIFA Council, formerly FIFA's Executive Committee.

Including Chung, president of the Korea Football Association (KFA), there are five male candidates and three female candidates. At least one of the three FIFA Council seats must be filled by a woman, meaning Chung must finish in the top two among the male candidates.

Chung came up short in last year's election.

According to the AFC, the election will take place at the AFC Extraordinary Congress on Sept. 27 in Goa, India.

Other male candidates are: Zhang Jian, general secretary of the Chinese Football Association; Ali Kafashian Naeni, former president of the Iranian Football Federation; Saoud A.Aziz Al-Mohannadi, vice president of the Qatar Football Association; and Zainudin Nordin, head of the Football Association of Singapore.

Chung, also chairman of construction giant Hyundai Development Co., is a veteran sports administrator. He has been at the helm of the KFA since 2013. Previously, he was the commissioner of the K League, which operates domestic professional football competitions.

The 54-year-old is also a member of the AFC Executive Committee and is a younger cousin of former FIFA Vice President Chung Mong-joon.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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