The All India Football Federation President Praful Patel is set to become first Indian to be elected as a member in the FIFA Executive Council for a four-year term.
According to AIFF sources, Patel is all but sure to be one of the five FIFA Council members from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) when the regional body holds its elections in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 6.
The election will be for the four year term between 2019 and 2023 during the 29th AFC Congress. Saoud A.Aziz M A Al-Mohannadi (Qatar), Khalid Awad A. Althebity (Saudi Arabia), Mariano V. Araneta, Jr. (Philippines), Chung Mong Gyu (Korea Republic), Du Zhaocai (China PR), Praful Patel (India), Mehdi Taj (IR Iran) and Kohzo Tashima (Japan) are the FIFA Council Members Candidates.
“Out of eight candidates, five will be selected and Patel is sure to be one of them. He has 90 per cent chance of becoming a FIFA Executive Council member. It will be the first time an Indian will be in the top committee of the world body,” a top AIFF official.
December 6, 2018 was the deadline for the member associations to submit their nominations.
The AFC Electoral Committee carried out eligibility checks on the candidates running for the positions and the FIFA Review Committee conducted eligibility checks on candidates running for FIFA Council positions.
The AFC Electoral Committee will be responsible for all tasks relating to the organisation, running and supervision of the elections.
The FIFA Governance Committee will nominate representatives to monitor the running of the elections for FIFA Council positions.