Singapore Lee up for top post in AFC

Singapore Lee up for top post in AFC
Football Association of Singapore (FAS) general secretary Winston Lee.

Football Association of Singapore (FAS) general secretary Winston Lee has been nominated for the post of vice-president at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Ordinary Congress on April 30.

The AFC Congress is the continent's highest decision-making body, and features five vice-president positions, one for each of the five zones - East Asia, West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia and South-east Asia.

Lee is the only candidate for South-east Asia.

The 47-year-old has previously served on the AFC executive committee, while also holding the role of marketing consultant at world football governing body Fifa.

He is a member of Fifa's marketing and TV committee, advising Sepp Blatter's executive committee on matters pertaining to contracts between Fifa and its partners, as well as analysis of marketing and television strategies.

Lee, who was the chief executive officer of the S.League from 2006 to 2012, declined to comment when approached by The New Paper yesterday, pointing to nomination procedures that disallow candidates from addressing matters of nomination until it has been approved by the AFC.

The ASEAN Football Federation has come out in support of Lee, while also backing the region's other seven other candidates for various positions.

Singapore, an AFC founder member, withdrew from the body's executive committee in 1994 to re-organise football at home, after the Lions' withdrawal from Malaysia's club competitions.

In 1996, the FAS launched the S.League, the country's professional football competition, and re-entered the AFC's decision-making circle in 1998.

This article was first published on Mar 6, 2015.
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