THE Philippines will have a voice in the continental football scene as Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta has been elected to the Asian Football Confederation executive committee.
Araneta said he is deeply honored and humbled by his appointment during the 26th AFC Congress on Thursday in Manama, Bahrain.
“I look forward to a fruitful involvement in the AFC for the next four years and will aspire that the viewpoint from the Philippines, an emerging football nation, is heard as the AFC works to further improve and develop football in Asia,” said the PFF chief, who will have a four-year term.
Araneta is the second PFF president elected in AFC’s ex-com after Rene Z. Adad, who passed away last April 24, 2015.
AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Ak Khalifa was also re-elected unopposed for his second four-year term, leading 24 elected officials.