Incumbent president Kazi Salahuddin is all set to stay at the helm of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) for the third straight term as the Bangladesh Football Federation boss is the lone candidate for the SAFF presidency in next month's polls.
Sri Lanka's Anura De Silva and Pakistan's Syed Khadim Ali Shah are two of the vice-president candidates, according to the nominations submitted before the deadline of March 27. The member associations will elect one president and three vice-presidents on April 11 in Dhaka while one representative each from the seven member nations will be selected by the respective associations.
“I have scrutinised the documents that they [the candidates] have submitted and saw no flaws, so they have unofficially been elected unopposed for their respective posts,” SAFF general secretary Anwarul Haque Helal said yesterday. “Now the SAFF congress will take a decision on the third vice-president post as only two nominations for vice-president were submitted.”
Helal informed that the SAFF has a busy schedule this year as the regional football body will host five events -- the Men's Championship in September, Women's Championship in December, U-15 Girls' Championship in August, U-15 Boys' Championship in November and U-18 Women's Championship in September.
The draw for the Men's Championship, for which all seven teams have already sent entries ahead of April 10 deadline, will be held on April 18 in Dhaka. This time the draw will be held on the basis of the last two editions' SAFF standings, with Afghanistan out of the association while Pakistan is once again eligible following the withdrawal of the suspension on its football federation.
The 12th edition of the regional football extravaganza will be held from September 4 to 15 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.