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Friday April 18, 2014

Kuala Lumpur: Newly elected AFC President Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has renewed his call on all Asian football stakeholders to be united and to focus on the future to take the game forward.

Sheikh Salman, whose term in office will run for two years until the next AFC Congress in 2015, had received 33 of the 46 votes during the AFC Extraordinary Congress in the Malaysian capital on Thursday.

Speaking during a press conference after the AFC Extraordinary Congress, Shaikh Salman said:

“It’s our duty together not only to look at what our challenges are and how to solve them but more importantly to look ahead to our future goals.

“We need be united, to bring everyone in one path, to look ahead to our goals, to achieve our targets, to get as many things done as possible especially by the year 2015.

“There are many great things that can be done in two years’ time. We should expect some changes and we’d like to see smooth transition to our goals and understanding between all MAs.

“Some of our goals have been met while others have yet to be concluded and I’d like to thank former Acting President Zhang Jilong for the work well done in this respect.

“We have to go hand-in-hand to implement our reforms such as those done by other confederations. We should try to look at the future, not only our past.”

The new AFC President expressed the need for support from stakeholders outside the football world in the continental body’s quest to help the Asian game overcome its challenges.

“We should look carefully at our challenges such as match fixing which is a disease. We have zero tolerance to match fixing and corruption practices and we need to make full use of all our tools to fight this phenomenon.

“This problem should not only be tackled from the football side only, but also we need good policing and support from the governments.

“And we should try to create mechanisms to tackle this issue in Asia.”

Shaikh Salman also expressed his gratitude for the trust given him to be at the helm of Asia to realise its aspirations to take its game to the world.

“I’m really humbled by the votes and confidence shown in me and I would like to thank you for your support,” he said.

“We work as a team. We work for one goal. I hope the AFC family will be united and we’ll do our best for Asian football.”
 

AFC President: Photo Gallery

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AFC President with Prince William - AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa having a discussion with Prince William during The FA’s centenary celebrations in London.
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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa exchange pennants during the AFC Annual Awards 2013.
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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa pose with the award winners after the AFC Annual Awards 2013.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting the AFC Player of the Year 2013 trophy to China’s Zheng Zhi.
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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting the AFC Diamond of Asia award to Dr. Chung Mong-joon.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa delivering his speech during the AFC Annual Awards 2013.
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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa pose after signing the pledge to protect the integrity of Asian football.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a memento to South Asian Football Federation President Kazi Salahuddin.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting the pennant to Dr. Djibril Diallo, Senior Adviser to the UNAIDS Executive Director, after signing the MoU.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa poses with the delegation from ASEAN Football Federation.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa poses with the delegation from Central Asian countries.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a commemorative plaque to the Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Ricardo Garcia during his visit to Manila, Philippines.
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Speaker of the Iran's Parliament, Ali Larijani presenting a memento to AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa during the latter's visit to Tehran.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a pennant to the Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) President Prof. Dr. Ir Djohar Arifin Husin during his visit to Indonesia.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a plaque to the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam President His Royal Highness Prince Sufri Bolkiah during his visit to Brunei Darussalam.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting the AFC Cup trophy to Kuwait Sports Club captain Jarrah Al Ateeqi in Kuwait City.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting the AFC Champions League trophy to Guangzhou Evergrande captain Zheng Zhi in Guangzhou, China.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a pennant to Chinese Deputy Sports Minister Xiao Tian on the sidelines of the AFC Champions League final in Guangzhou, China.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a token of appreciation to Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) President General Sao Sokha in Phnom Penh on Monday.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa giving his speech during the opening ceremony of the Cambodia National Training Centre.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa giving his speech during the opening ceremony of the Cambodia National Training Centre.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa alongside Cambodian Prime Minister, HE Hun Sen and ASEAN Football Federation President His Majesty Sultan Ahmad Shah during the opening ceremony of the Cambodia National Training Centre.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting an AFC pennant to Cambodian Prime Minister, HE Hun Sen during the opening ceremony of the Cambodia National Training Centre.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a pennant to the Philippine Football Federation President Mariano Araneta Jr. during his visit to Manila.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a plaque to the China Football Association General Secretary Zhang Jian on the sidelines of the AFC Champions League final in Guangzhou.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting the AFC Champions League trophy to Guangzhou Evergrande captain Zheng Zhi in Guangzhou, China.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa poses with the Korea Football Association President Chung Mong-gyu on the sidelines of the AFC Champions League final in Guangzhou.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a pennant to Kuwait Football Association President Sheikh Talal Ahmed Al Fahad Al Sabah during the AFC Cup final in Kuwait City.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a pennant to Kuwait Sports Club President Abdulaziz Al Marzouq during the AFC Cup final in Kuwait City.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a pennant to Cambodia’s Minister for Tourism, HE Dr. Thong Khon during the gala dinner to mark the opening of the Cambodia National Training Centre.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a pennant to Governor of Phnom Penh, HE Pa Socheatevong during the gala dinner to mark the opening of the Cambodia National Training Centre.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a pennant to Cambodia’s Minister for Education, Youth and Sports, HE Im Sethy during the gala dinner to mark the opening of the Cambodia National Training Centre.