Asian Football Confederation vice-president Yousuf al-Serkal has put himself forward to replace the suspended Mohammed bin Hammam as head of the sport's peak continental organization.

Bin Hammam remains nominally in charge of the AFC while he launches legal challenges against his lifetime ban from FIFA for allegedly buying votes in his failed bid to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president.

The AFC has delayed filling the presidency while the appeals continue, but United Arab Emirates official al-Serkal says he intends to run for the position, telling SNTV ''now is the opportunity'' for him to replace bin Hammam because ''I have more to offer Asian football as a president.''