FIFA back election of police chief as CFF head

PHNOM PENH: Football’s world governing body have endorsed the election of a military police chief to head the Cambodia Football Federation, despite concerns of political interference, according to a letter received yesterday. 

FIFA’s chief Sepp Blatter extended his “deepest congratulations” to newly elected Sao Sokha in a letter dated Dec 18. 

Blatter urged Sao Sokha to work to help Cambodian football to “reach new heights and to gain the international recognition it deserves.” 

“In this task, you can rely on my support and on FIFA assistance,” Blatter wrote. 

Sao Sokha, a military police chief and a close ally of Prime Minister Hun Sen, was re-elected as the chief of the federation earlier this month after FIFA complained that his first election in April was politically influenced. 

FIFA had threatened to suspend their US$250,000 in annual funding to Cambodia’s national football programme, which has struggled to gain international respect after numerous scandals and a dismal record of losses. 

Cambodia are currently ranked 184 out of 205 countries by FIFA. – AFP 

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