Typical of his modus operandi, Hammam had something up his sleeves and he only revealed it during extra-time! And he did it before football luminary and UEFA president Michel Platini and Concacaf boss Jack Warner.
1. First he socked it off to Peter Velappan by mentioning the marketing deal which came into question was sealed for 20 years in 1992 but nobody raised the issue.
2. From 1992 to 2008, Hammam revealed AFC's total income was US$150 million but the projected total budget from 2012 to 2020 would come to a tune of US$1 billion.
3. He felt offended by the interference of the Olympic movement and other parties outside the football circle which tarnished AFC's image further.
4. In a year, Hammam devotes nine months of his life in Kuala Lumpur at the expense of his business interests and family in Doha and "it is unfair to accuse me of financial mismanagement".
5. Former Malaysian Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin, the AFC internal audit chairman, took the podium to lend his support to Hammam amidst insinuations that the financial statement was not properly prepared.
The fact Hammam dropped the idea of discussing the relocation of the AFC House at the last minute was smart of him, so was the move to grant Kuwait, Afghanistan, Laos and Timor Leste the right to vote. Swallowing his pride certainly was the right decision and he turned it around and said it was done in the name of fair play!
Those who were given the floor to speak against Hammam, much to his credit, were FIFA vice-president Chung Mong Joon, Japan FA general secretary Kohzo Tashima, South Korea FA general secretary Ka Sam Hyun, Olympic Council of Asia supremo Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah who is also the Kuwait FA president, while Hammam's defenders were V Manilal Fernando of Sri Lanka and Ganesh Thapa of Nepal.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter did not endorse either candidate, insisting both Hammam and Sheikh Salman are his friends. He was happy though to express special thoughts to his predecessor Joao Havelange and Hammam for both celebrated their 93rd and 60th birthdays respectively today.
Sheikh Salman's team claimed as of last night they had 27 votes in the bag but some apparently had a last-minute change of heart.
What about the two spoilt votes? Well according to sources, it was because they put the tick on Hammam's name and a cross on the box which had Sheikh Salman's name. If you go on that argument, Hammam would have garnered 25 votes in all.
Still Hammam cannot take his victory as a license to bulldozehis way through. Two years before the 2011 presidential elections, Hammam realises AFC is split into two and the superpowers appear to be against him.
He has little option but to keep his ears on the ground and initiate change for the better. Otherwise his days are numbered!
Mohamed Hammam listens intently to what Kuwait FA and OCA president Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah has to say
AFC internal audit committee chief, Tun Daim Zainuddin proposes the financial report be accepted although AFC finance committee chairman, Zhang Jilong, refused to endorse it. Of course FA of Malaysia rejected the proposal but 21 countries accepted the statement