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Kuala Lumpur: AFC’s Member Associations will convene in the capital of Malaysia in Extraordinary and Ordinary Congresses on Thursday and Friday, respectively, to elect a new set of office-bearers, including the President of the confederation, and chart the course for the future.

A total of 47 Member Associations will be involved in the democratic exercise, which will see several positions being contested and filled.
AFC Extraordinary Congresses have always produced moments for history to record. The last Extraordinary Congress in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the sidelines of the 2010 FIFA World Cup saw a wide-ranging revision of the statutes and consequently the way the game is governed in Asia.
In 2005, Australia were given a whole-hearted welcome to the Asian fold, becoming AFC’s 46th member.
“AFC has a rich tradition of democracy and this will be underlined as the Member Associations take part in the exercise of electing a new set of office-bearers,” said AFC General Secretary Dato’ Alex Soosay.
“Following the election, the Ordinary Congress will convene the next day under the newly elected President and take stock of the current situation and map out the future.”
The AFC General Secretary said all arrangements had been finalised for the historic Congresses.
“This is the first time we are having back-to-back Extraordinary and Ordinary Congresses and the administration has worked hard to ensure that everything is in place for the important occasion,” said Dato’ Alex.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and several other confederation Presidents and General Secretaries are expected to attend the Congresses.