OFA’s Wahaibi elected to AFC Executive Committee

April 07, 2019

L-R: Balushi, Shukaili, Wahaibi and Raisi at the AFC Congress

Sheikh Salim al Wahaibi, the Oman Football Association (OFA) chairman, was elected as a member of  the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Committee (ExCo) from the West Zone at the 29th AFC Congress that concluded in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday.

Wahaibi was one of the four members from West Zone to be elected to the powerful executive committee. The other three members elected were Iraq's Abed-Alkhaliq Masoud Ahmed, Lebanon's Hachem Haider and Yemen's Dr Hamid Mohammed Ali al Shaibani. According to information received here, Wahaibi polled the maximum votes from the West Zone.

AFC President Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa of Bahrain was re-elected unopposed for a second four-year term (2019-2023) at the helm of a new-look executive committee.

Six AFC members were also elected to the FIFA Council and it included India’s Praful Patel.

The Oman delegation at the AFC Congress comprised Wahaibi, Jassim al Shukaili, OFA’s first vice-president, Fahd al Raisi, advisor to AFC president, and Said Othman al Balushi, the CEO of OFA.

Earlier on the sidelines of the Congress, the OFA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chinese Football Federation, to enhance bilateral relations.

Earlier on Friday, Wahaibi was also elected by acclamation as the second vice-president of the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) in Amman, Jordan.

Prince Ali bin al Hussein was re-elected as WAFF president. The President of the Palestinian Football Federation, Jibril Rajoub, was elected as first vice-president.