Football Australia Chairman Mr Chris Nikou was today re-elected to the Association of South East Nations (ASEAN) Football Federation Council (AFF) for the 2022-2026 term.
The AFF is made up of the national football associations of Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam .
Nikou was in Siem Reap, Cambodia where the AFF elections took place during the 2022 AFF Ordinary Congress earlier today.
AFF elections were held for the positions of president, four vice presidents, five board members and one female board member.
Nikou was successfully elected unopposed as a member of the Council for a four (4) year term and was pleased with his election and Australia’s continued efforts to improve relations within the ASEAN region. .
“I would first like to thank my ASEAN colleagues for entrusting me with the responsibility that a position on the AFF Council entails,” said Nikou. “Aware of this responsibility, I am committed to working hard for Australia to support the development of this beautiful game throughout the South East Asian region.”
“Since being admitted to the AFF as a full member in 2013, Australia has steadily increased its commitment to football with the region, and my new position on the AFF Council offers opportunity to continue to nurture this strong relationship.”
“Australia is proud to be part of ASEAN, and with a combined population of 650 million football-loving people, this region presents enormous opportunities for the growth and development of the game to benefit many, and to bring together nations through a common love of football.”
“Through the AFF and with our other AFF Member Associations, Football Australia will continue to work in partnership to ensure the AFC’s vision of becoming the world’s premier football confederation is realized,” Nikou concluded.
The 2022 AFF Ordinary Congress in Siem Reap closely followed Cambodia’s hosting of the ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, which was attended by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.