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The 34th Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Congress concluded on Thursday in Bangkok, Thailand with the AFC’s Member Associations electing by acclamation two new members to the AFC Executive Committee for the remainder of the 2023 to 2027 term.

Ms. Mijgona Mahmadalieva from Tajikistan was elected as the Female AFC Executive Committee member for the Central Zone whilst Mr. Chung Mong Gyu from the Korea Republic was elected as an AFC Executive Committee for the East Zone.

Congratulating the two new AFC Executive Committee members, AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said: “On behalf of the Asian football family, I would like to congratulate Ms. Mijgona Mahmadalieva and Mr. Chung Mong Gyu on their successful election to the AFC Executive Committee and we look forward to their invaluable contributions in the coming years.”

Additionally, the Congress also approved the proposals which were received from several Member Associations to amend/remove (as appropriate) Articles 32.8 and 32.9, as well as one of the Transitory Provisions, of the AFC Statutes.

Shaikh Salman added: “The AFC has made incredible strides in the area of good governance, and we have our Member Associations and Regional Associations to thank for their steadfast dedication to solidify the strong foundations that we have built together over the last decade.

“If we take a moment to reflect on our history, the overwhelming sense of solidarity across the Asian football family has never been stronger, but our commitment to good governance is a lifelong pursuit and I want to assure you that we will never take our position for granted.

“These strong foundations and unity have paved the way for us to deliver our best ever AFC Asian Cup™ in Qatar and the new club reforms that are set to be introduced later this year, which will revolutionise the Asian club game in the next decade.

“The formation of the AFC Reform Taskforce for the 2023 to 2027 term earlier this year is another clear signal of our intent to ensure that we remain a model Confederation that continues to uphold the highest ethical standards and best governance practices for the future generations of our great game.”

Earlier in the Congress, the AFC President and FIFA President Gianni Infantino also handed out the AFC Distinguished Service Awards to AFC Senior Vice President Mr. Zaw Zaw and to the son of the late and former President of the Football Association of Singapore Mr. Lim Kia Tong, with Dr. Veronica Chan Yiu Kam from Hong Kong, China receiving the AFC Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Congress also approved the Audited Financial Statements and Auditors’ Report for the year ending 2023.