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Egypt FA chairman Abou-Rida wins FIFA Council seat

Ahram Online , Monday 8 May 2017
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File Photo: Hani Abou-Rida, the Egyptian member of the FIFA executive committee (Photo: Ahram)
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Egyptian Football Association (EFA) chairman Hani Abou-Rida has won the election for the free seat to represent Africa on the FIFA Councils, beating Cameroon's Zelkifili 'Zul' Ngoufonja.

After the withdrawal of other three African candidates, the Egyptian won the election 50-4.

The candidates who withdrew from the elections were Leodegar Tenga from the Confederation of Tanzania Fédération, Namibia Football Association President Frans Mbidi, and Mauritius Football Association President Sohba Mohammad Ally Samir.

The 63-year-old Abou-Rida has been a member of the Confederation of African Football Executive Committee and the FIFA Council for over a decade.

Abou-Rida was a footballer for Masry club, but a serious injury forced him to end his playing career early in 1979 before he returned to the executive sports posts in 1991.

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