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President of Egyptian FA elected to FIFA council

President of Egyptian Football Association Hany Abo Rida has been elected into the FIFA council.

His election comes after two other candidates- Leodegar Tenga from Tanzania and Mohammed Samir Sobha from Mauiritius withdrew from the vote.

He was able to get 50 votes from 54 association members with only challenger Zalkifli Ngoufonja from Cameroon picking up the remaining four votes.

It takes the total number of Africans on the council to seven with Ahmad Ahmad being a FIFA vice-president due to his position as president of CAF.

The other Africans already elected to the former executive committee of football’s world governing body are Lydia Nsekera of Burundi, Tunisia’s Tarek Bouchamaoui, DR Congo’s Omari Constant, Guinea’s Almamy Kabele Camara and Ghana’s Kwesi Nyantakyi.

Nyantakyi has also been announced as CAF’s first vice-president, meaning he would step should Ahmad be unable to carry out his presidential duties.

The assembly also approved the amendment of the CAF budget to allow president Ahmad to implement his proposals.

It means the 54 members will get US$100,000 as promised by Ahmad when he was elected in March.

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