KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa will become the latest international football boss to be re-elected unopposed when he stands to maintain his presidency of the Asian Football Confederation in April.

Sheikh Salman will thus match UEFA’s Aleksander Ceferin, re-elected at the head of the European federation last month, and Gianni Infantino, unopposed for re-election as the president of world governing body FIFA in June.

Confirmation of Sheikh Salmans clear run – as forecast here earlier this month – was secured with the withdrawal from the race of his last remaining challenger, Saoud Al-Mohannadi of  Qatar.

The Qatari was heading for a certain heavy defeat after the similar earlier exit from the race by Mohamed Khalfan Al Romaithi  of the United Arab Emirates.

A statement from the QFA, announcing Al Mohannadi’s decision, said it would support Sheikh Salman.

Sheikh Salman, who was first elected in 2013, is set to get another four-year mandate unopposed on April 6 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The AFC president is also one of FIFA’s eight vice presidents.

** Victor Montagliani of Canada has been re-elected for a further four years as president of the central and north American confederation CONCACAF.