UAE Leader Launches Bid For Asian Football Presidency

March 7, 2019

UAE sports leader, Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, the Chairman of the country’s General Authority for Sports, has launched a campaign to become President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Speaking at the Louvre Abu Dhabi today, he pledged to “make significant levels of new investment for every Member Association, increase participation at all levels of the game” and introduce genuine “transparency and independence.”

Al Romaithi, who was Vice President of the Local Organising Committee for the recent 2019 AFC Asian Cup, has unveiled a campaign manifesto Making Football Fair as Asia’s first contemporary continental blueprint for football development.

Among the initiatives he is backing are the creation of a $320 million ‘Fair Fund’ for the development of football across Asia and the introduction of a financial governance index to ensure all grants are means tested.