Alex Soosay is the new Asian Football Confederation (AFC) general secretary, as reported by S.S. Dhaliwal, here, Joe Marcose here and Christopher Raj here.
Simply known as Alex, the 48-year old was involved in the AFC Asian Cups of 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2007, and the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Championship, 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
He is the fifth Malaysian on the trot after Koe Ewe Teik, Datuk Teoh Chye Hin, Datuk Peter Velappan and Datuk Paul Mony Samuel, to serve as the chief executive officer at the secretariat. Mony though was reduced to being a COO shortly after succeeding Velappan because the executive powers lie with the president, Mr Mohamed bin Hammam Al Abdulla. It was said that Mony was reduced to signing papers at the tailend of his tenure at AFC House since Hammam has a say in almost every aspect of the daily running of the office. But I believe Alex will do well.
Alex conducted the smooth running of the AFC Congress in May, a gathering of Asia's most powerful football fiefdom which saw Hammam retaining his presidency with a slim majority over Bahrain's Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa. Read loose cannon's Alex to succeed Mony in December last year and Thanks Astro Awani.