KUALA LUMPUR, April 18: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is still in the process of discussing the issue of a neutral venue for the match between Malaysia and North Korea, with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and North Korean Football Association.
AFC secretary-general Windsor Paul when contacted by Bernama on Monday said though the AFC is still discussing the prospect of a neutral venue for the 2019 Asia Cup Qualifying match between Malaysia and North Korea, a decision is expected by end of the week.
“We will make an announcement by end of the week,” he said.
Prior to this, North Korea was given a month by AFC to propose a neutral venue for the match.
The Malaysian squad, previously coached by Ong Kim Swee, was originally scheduled to play North Korea in a Group B 2019 Asian Cup qualifying match at the Kim Il-sung Stadium in Pyongyang on March 28.
However, due to diplomatic tensions following the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 on Feb 13, the Malaysian Government had barred the national squad from playing in North Korea due to safety concerns.
Following that, FAM had on March 13 had appealed to AFC to pick a neutral venue for the match. – Bernama