Chairman of Tajikistan’s upper chamber (Majlisi Milli) of parliament Rustam Emomali, who is also the Mayor of Dushanbe, is the only candidate for the position of the president of the Central Asian Football Association (CAFA).

The Tajikistan Football Federation says the 8th Congress of the Central Asian Football Association will take place in Dushanbe on May 2.  The congress will elect the AFA leadership for the next four-year term (2023-2027).  

The congress will elect the president, two vice-presidents, a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Committee representing the CAFA, a member of the CAFA Executive Committee and one female member of the CAFA Executive Committee.   

It is to be noted that Rustam Emomali has served as CAFA president since 2019. 

Founded on January 9, 2015, the Central Asian Football Association (CAFA) is one of five regional bodies of governance in association football.  It governs association football, futsal, and beach football in Central Asia.  CAFA consists of six national association members.

CAFA consists of the national football associations of Central Asia, and runs competitions between national teams, and also controls the prize money, regulations, as well as media rights to those competitions.  it's currently headquartered in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and through its events, CAFA aims to develop and strengthen the game of football throughout the region by raising the standards and creating more opportunities for the Member Associations for further growth.  The formation of CAFA was spearheaded by the Iranian Football Federation following disputes with West Asian Football Federation members.