Eclectic group to vie for KFA chairman position

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Eclectic group to vie for KFA chairman position

An eclectic group of candidates will vie for Korea’s top football job later this month, with two clear-cut front-runners taking on three challengers for the right to preside over one of the country’s most popular sports.

The Korea Football Association, the nation’s football governing body, will elect its new chairman on Jan. 28 to replace the outgoing Cho Chung-yun. Cho, who has been the KFA chief since January 2009, announced last October that he would not run for a second term.

At least five candidates have expressed interest in competing for one of the most coveted sports administrative jobs in the nation. The KFA’s annual budget is typically around 100 billion won ($94 million), and its official sponsors include some of Korea’s largest companies, such as Samsung Electronics, KT, Hyundai Motor and Asiana Airlines.

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