No de­ci­sion on North Korea match

New Straits Times - - Sport -

TO­DAY’S press brief­ing by the Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion (AFC) in Bukit Jalil has raised a ques­tion mark over the new date and venue for the post­poned Asian Cup Group B match be­tween Malaysia and North Korea.

The match in Py­ongyang was sched­uled for March 28 but it was post­poned due to the ten­sion be­tween both na­tions fol­low­ing the as­sas­si­na­tion of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on Feb 13 at the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

AFC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Wind­sor Paul, how­ever, said the Asian body are still wait­ing for pro­pos­als from Malaysia and North Korea over the al­ter­na­tive venue for the match.

“We are still wait­ing for pro­pos­als, so to­mor­row it will not be an­nounced,” Wind­sor said yes­ter­day.

Last week, FA of Malaysia (FAM) gen­eral-sec­re­tary Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said AFC were also look­ing to move the sec­ond round match be­tween the two coun­tries in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 14 to a neu­tral venue.

FAM have re­quested for a neu­tral venue fol­low­ing a di­rec­tive from the Malaysian gov­ern­ment, cit­ing se­cu­rity rea­sons.

Hong Kong and Jor­dan, who will play against each other on March 28, are the other two teams in Group B, where the top two teams qual­ify for the 2019 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emi­rates. rates Felda highly and has warned his play­ers not to un­der­es­ti­mate Sathi­anathan’s team.

“If we play the way we did against Tampines then I be­lieve we have a big­ger chance to win. My play­ers are ready and con­fi­dent for a sec­ond win in the tour­na­ment,” said Vi­dakovic.

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