FIFA official Makudi to stand for Asian leadership

FIFA executive committee member Worawi Makudi is a candidate to
replace disgraced Mohamed bin Hammam as Asian Football
Confederation president.

Makudi says he’s ”extremely honored to be proposed and
nominated” by the 11-nation regional body representing South East
Asian football.

The group says Australia also backs the Thai official after
attending Monday’s meeting in Malaysia.

Makudi, a longtime bin Hammam ally, could face four rivals:
interim AFC president Zhang Jilong of China, Bahrain’s Sheikh
Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Yousef Al Serkal of the United Arab
Emirates, and Saudi Arabia’s Hafez El Medlej.

The 46-member Asian confederation elects a president on May 2 in
Kuala Lumpur to complete bin Hammam’s mandate through to 2015.

The Qatari official resigned in December during a FIFA
investigation into his management of AFC finances.