The Week Ahead - Blatter to CONCACAF Congress; AFC Presidential Race

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Blatter will attend the confederation's congress in Panama City on Friday (Getty)
(WFI) FIFA president Sepp Blatter has embarked on a week-long tour of Central American and Caribbean countries this week ahead of the CONCACAF Congress.

Blatter is visiting the Dominican Republic, Haiti and spending two days in Cuba on FIFA business.

His trip ends in Panama on Friday where he will attend the congress in Panama City and the confederation’s U-17 final.

CONCACAF Elections

Cayman Islands football chief Jeffrey Webb is unnopposed for the FIFA Executive Committee seat from the Caribbean.

The key vote is on who to elect as FIFA Executive Committee member from North America.

Mexico’s Justino Compeán is standing against American Sunil Gulati, the head of U.S. Soccer who also led his nation’s 2022 World Cup bid.

Campaigning for AFC Presidency

With two-and-a-half weeks until the AFC presidential elections, the four candidates are hitting the campaign trail this week in a bid to win new supporters in what promises to be a close-run contest.

The four vying to succeed corruption-hit Mohamed Bin Hammam are: Yousuf Al Serkal, the head of the United Arab Emirates Football Association, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, FIFA vice-president Worawi Makudi of Thailand and Saudi Arabia’s Hafez Ibrahim Al Medlej.

Speaking from Dubai to INSIDER, Al Serkal said he would be travelling to “different countries in Asia” over the next five days in his efforts to seal some votes.

The AFC vice president denied that any agreement had been made with Al Medlej for the Saudi Arabian to pull out of the race, something he had hinted at before, adding that his campaign was “looking positive. I am happy with it. I am confident”.


By INSIDER’s Mark Bisson

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