AFC chief Bin Hammam gets free run at final term

Updated: Nov 09, 2010, 15:22 PM IST

Doha: Mohamed Bin Hammam has been given carte blanche to serve out a third and final four-year term as president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

The 61-year-old Qatari, Asia`s soccer leader since 2002, will face no challengers to his presidency in the elections in Doha on Jan. 6, the AFC said on Tuesday.

The deadline for candidates to file their nominations passed at the weekend.

Bin Hammam is widely regarded as a successful reformer responsible for reviving Asian soccer but critics accuse him of being dictatorial.

He has also been seen as a future FIFA President but has said he will not challenge Sepp Blatter, who will seek a fourth term as the head of soccer`s world governing body next year.

Last year Bin Hammam survived a challenge to the place on FIFA`s executive board he has held since 1996.

Bureau Report