Thursday, October 09, 2008

What price the AFC living in Australia?

LOOKS like Mohamad Bin Hammam is shifting AFC headquarters from Malaysia. With Ben Buckley hanging out with the AFC president in London this week, what are the odds on an Australia city becoming headquarters?

Chatting to a few of the Asian delegates at the FIFA Congress in Sydney a few months ago, I didn't sense much of the antagonism that was reported around the time Frank Lowy took us into the Asian Confederation on January 1 2006.

Indeed, like everyone, they were quite enjoying the Australian hospitality and ability to manage events of such magnitude, and didn't appear to be complaining about the distance. The mood towards Australia appeared ok.

Will be interesting to see what transpires on this front, but we know Lowy is an ambitious man, so don't be surprised to see him throw his hat into the ring.

Bin Hammam wants "headquarters in a country that can cater to our functions as a governing body", and while the "two-thirds" vote may have been a stumbling block a couple of years ago, wouldn't it be interesting to test the waters now?


Blogger pippinu said...

That would be a huge coup for Buckley and Lowy, but perhaps asking a bit too much of the new kids on the block.

Both Japan and South Korea would represent worthy hosts, and who is to say that Bin isn't looking closer to home. If not his little state, the capital of the UAE has recently become an international city of note.

But who knows what's possible in this shady world of wheeling and dealing.

Fri. Oct. 10, 04:24:00 pm AEDT  

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