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Chris Nikou elected chair of Football Federation Australia, Heather Reid appointed deputy

Chris Nikou will lead Australian football into the post-Lowy era after being elected chair of Football Federation Australia.

He will lead the FFA board with Heather Reid appointed as deputy at Monday's annual general meeting. Earlier on Monday, Nikou was elected alongside Remo Nogarotto, Joseph Carrozzi and Reid in a protracted voting process.

The long-time Capital Football chief said she was "overwhelmed with the level of support" after leading the initial vote and had her "sleeves rolled up and ready for hard work ahead."

Her election represents something of a vindication for Professional Footballers Australia, given its other nominee Craig Foster had walked away from his candidacy.

Foster withdrew on Friday after reading the tea leaves, sensing he didn't have the necessary support to prevail despite a popular campaign with football fans.

Chris Nikou
Chris Nikou, left, will have the responsibility of leading the FFA into a new era.

The unsuccessful candidates in Monday's votes were Morry Bailes, Daniel Moulis, Linda Norquay and Mark Shield.

Earlier on Monday, Mark Rendell withdrew from the race for both chair and director.

The four elected directors join Kelly Bayer Rosmarin and Crispin Murray on the FFA board, the first without a Lowy family member at the helm.

Sir Frank Lowy led the organisation from its creation 15 years ago, before handing over in 2015 to his son Steven.

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