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Bangladesh’s Mahfuza Akhter wins seat for Asian woman on FIFA Council

Bangladesh’s Mahfuza Akhter won the seat reserved for an Asian woman on the FIFA Council on Monday.

Akhter, a member of the Asian Football Confederation, defeated Australian candidate Moya Dodd 27 votes to 17 for the seat. Dodd had previously held the seat from 2013–16.

Just ahead of Monday’s vote, which had been delayed since last September, the Palestinian and North Korean women candidates withdrew from the race. The 50-year-old Akhter’s term will run through 2019.

China’s Zhang Jian, South Korea’s Chung Mong Gyu and the Philippines’ Mariano Araneta won the seats available to Asian men on the FIFA Council.

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The main FIFA Congress will take place on Thursday in Bahrain.

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