Kobiashvili appointed new president of Georgian Football Federation

xinhuanet.com 05-Oct-2015

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Georgian retired football player Levan Kobiashvili (C) is appointed as president of Georgian football federation after an all night intense competition, in Tbilisi, Georgia, Oct. 4, 2015. (Xinhua/Lasha Kuprashvili)

TBILISI, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Georgian retired football player, Levan Kobiashvili, has been appointed as president of Georgian Football Federation (GFF), according to local reports on Sunday.

Kobiashvili beat opponents Rezi Arveladze and Mamuka Kvaratskhelia after an all night intense competition, said Georgia's Caucasus Business Week on Sunday.

The 38-year-old Kobiashvili, elected for a four-year term, replaces Zviad Sichinava, who led the federation since 2009.

Kobiashvili, who spent 16 years of his career playing for German clubs SC Freiburg, FC Schalke and most recently in Hertha BSC, enjoyed backing of his former national team-mate Kakha Kaladze, who is now Georgia's deputy PM and Minister of Energy.

GFF has been a target of heavy criticism in recent years, mostly because of poor results by the Georgian national team. In FIFA's most recent rankings, Georgia is 110th - up by 37 places, apparently thanks to 1-0 win against Scotland in Euro 2016 qualifier in early September in Tbilisi.