Egyptian Abo Rida elected into FIFA Council

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Egyptian Football Association (EFA) President Hani Abo Rida has been elected into the FIFA Council, in a vote conducted during the Confederations of African Football (CAF) Extraordinary Assembly held in Mamama, Bahrain.

Rida won the seat by garnering 50 votes against his challenger Cameroonian Zelkifli Ngoufonja’s 4.

Two other contenders Leodegar Tenga from Tanzania and Mohamed Samir Sobha from Mauritius withdrew.

Delegates at the Extraordinary General Assembly also approved by acclamation the amendment of the budget to allow the implementation of the program of CAF President Ahmad.

During his election on 16 March 2017, the CAF President granted a subvention of $100,000 to each Member Association, consisting of $20,000 as compensatory allowances for the president of the Associations, $50,000 for youth football and $30,000 for the support of match official indemnities.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino and General Secretary, Fatma Samoura, attended the CAF Extraordinary General Assembly, which saw an increase to seven for African members in the FIFA Council as stipulated in the FIFA Statutes.

Rida will serve on the FIFA Council for a four-year spell that will end in 2021.

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