2009 AFC Congress

Survivor AFC-style: Bin Hammam hangs on

May 12, 2009
By Jason Dasey
In the end, the 2009 AFC Congress proved that Mohamed bin Hammam is one of football's great survivors.

Confronted with the biggest challenge of his seven year Asian presidency, bin Hammam faced off against a formidable rival, endured a barrage of personal abuse and saw many of his closest allies turn against him before squeaking home by two votes to hold onto his FIFA seat.

''My best friends let me down,'' bin Hammam told ESPN Soccernet, with a hint of sadness. ''But other people ...

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