ABU DHABI: Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi of the UAE withdrew his candidacy for the Asian Football Confederation presidency yesterday, paving the way for the reelection of Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.
Al Romaithi, who heads up the UAE’s General Authority for Sport, said he would back Shakh Salman after they met in Abu Dhabi.
“I would like to thank Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa for his initiative and his visit to the UAE and I would like to stress that when I decided to run for the presidency it wasn’t because I was aiming for the position itself,” Al Romaithi said in a statement.
“The main reason was to put Asian football where it deserves to be: among the other continents through a programme that reflects my vision on how to develop the game in the biggest continent in the world.
“I was happy that Shaikh Salman wants to take advantage of this programme and aim to achieve it. Therefore, I will spare no effort in supporting him in order to reach this goal.”
“I would like to thank his excellency Mohamad Khalfan Al Romaithi for his hospitality and the good spirit he has shown towards us in order to complete this meeting despite the competition between us, which has been for the good of Asian football,” Shaikh Salman said. “I would like to thank him for his support.”