Cambodia re-elects soccer chief

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

The Football Federation of Cambodia has re-elected Sao Sokha as its president, and asked soccer's world governing body to accept the candidate.

Phnom Penh:

The Football Federation of Cambodia has re-elected Sao Sokha as its president, and asked soccer's world governing body to accept the candidate. Sao Sokha, a lieutenant general and commander of the military police force, was elected on Saturday as head of the Cambodian soccer federation - the second election in eight months. Sao Sokha, a close ally of Prime Minister Hun Sen, was first elected in April, but FIFA refused to recognise the vote, citing political interference from the government. At the time, FIFA threatened to suspend Cambodia's membership, sparking concerns that the poor Southeast Asian country might lose the annual funding of $250,000 it receives from soccer's world governing body to support the development of Cambodian soccer. The Cambodian federation held its new election Saturday in a bid to regain FIFA's support. Sao Sokha was unanimously elected by the federation's 11-member executive committee. Cambodia ranks 184th out of 205 in FIFA's world rankings. (AP)

Topics : Football
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