N Korea tie on hold again

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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.

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