Asian soccer body plans presidential election

The Asian Football Confederation plans to elect a president next
April, ending uncertainty since FIFA suspended incumbent Mohamed
bin Hammam in May 2011.

AFC acting president Zhang Jilong says the election congress
will be organized by mid-January, depending on advice from its
legal committee.

At the Asian body’s last assembly in January 2011, bin Hammam
was elected unopposed to a four-year term in Doha, Qatar.

Bin Hammam then challenged Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency
but withdrew when FIFA investigated allegations that he bribed

The Qatari official got his life ban overturned, but is still
suspended while FIFA’s ethics prosecutor weighs fresh charges over
alleged mismanagement of AFC finances and contracts.

Zhang, who assumed bin Hammam’s FIFA executive committee seat,
pledges to deliver ”a new era of transparency.”