Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano Araneta Jr. was among four officials elected to the International Football Federation (Fifa) Council during the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Congress in Manama, Bahrain recently.
Also elected were Mahfuza Kiron of Bangladesh, Zhang Jian of China, and Chung Mong Gyu of South Korea.
“I’d like to thank everyone for having supported us and we promise not to let them down. We will do our best when representing Asia at the Fifa Council,” Araneta was quoted as saying in a report on AFC’s official website.
According to the report, the addition of three more AFC officials to the Fifa Council is part of the reforms being implemented by the world governing body in football.
Fifa also wants to increase the role of women in football governance by having one female representative from each confederation.
The Fifa Council members will serve until 2019.
“I’m grateful to have been elected. It is an honor. I will always look to further develop women’s football in Asia and I am fully committed to that,” said Mahfuza Kiron.
“Thank you so much and thanks for your support. I will be the voice of the AFC whilst at Fifa. We have our vision and mission, so I will try my best to work with the AFC member associations and raise the level of football throughout Asia,” said Zhang Jian.
“I feel very privileged and humbled to be elected to the Fifa Council. I think I’ve been working to be elected throughout the last two years and now that I have been elected, I feel a lot of responsibilities to represent Asia and Fifa well, so I will do my best,” said Chung Mong Gyu, who also won by acclamation as AFC vice president for the East.
AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa congratulated the four officials, saying he looks forward to working with them “to elevate Asian football on the world stage”. PNA