N Korea tie on hold again
THE Asian Football Confederation have rescheduled the Asian Cup Qualifying Group B match between North Korea and Malaysia in Pyongyang from June 8 to Oct 5.
The Asian body cited the geo-political tension on the Korean Peninsula as the main reason for the decision to postpone the match for the second time.
“Although, we had proposed on May 8 that the match — which was already postponed from March 28 — take place in Pyongyang, recent developments have forced us to reconsider the decision on the grounds of safety and security,” said the AFC statement yesterday.
AFC initially rescheduled the match to June 8 after local authorities confirmed that there were no longer any travel restrictions but the FA of Malaysia (FAM) appealed the decision. AFC will closely monitor the safety and security position in the coming months as well as the AFC Cup match between Kigwancha SC and Mongolia’s Erchim FC on May 31 and the AFC Under-23 Championship Qualifiers (Group G) on July 19-23, both in Pyongyang.
The Asian body will then make a decision after those matches on the venue for the qualifying match on Oct 5.