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.