Bin Hammam announces candidature for FIFA polls

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Kuala Lumpur, Mar 18: It ain't be easy for FIFA President Sepp Blatter to finish his unfinished business at the football's apex governing body, for he now has a challenger whose chances can threaten to end Blatter's 13-year old reign.

Mohammed Bin Hammam, chief of the Asian Football Conferderation (AFC), has on Mar 18 announced his decision to contest the FIFA presidential polls scheduled for June 1. The announcement was made at the AFC headquarters in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

He said, "After careful consideration I have decided to stand in the FIFA presidential elections on June 1 at the FIFA congress..The AFC executive committee have encouraged me. Change is necessary and needed in FIFA. I have the wish and will to serve FIFA - I have always declared that competition is good."

If Hammam succeeds to put an end to Blatter's reign then he will be the ninth FIFA president and the first one from Asia.

Hammam was also quick to announce his plans if he manages to come to power. He has promised to decentralise FIFA's administration and also to expand the executive committee. Focusing on the gaming part of the administration, he pledged his support to introduce goal-line technology and would strive to put in two more officials behind the goals.

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