Neutral venue wish
FA of Malaysia (FAM) president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim hopes the Asian Cup Qualifying Group B match between the national team and North Korea on Oct 5 will be at a neutral venue.
The match was initially scheduled on March 28 before it was moved to June 8 but the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) later postponed it again, citing the geo-political tension on the Korean Peninsula.
“The first priority is the safety of our players. It is no secret that we currently have issues with North Korea. At government level, I am not sure whether things are okay or there are still issues,” said Tunku Ismail yesterday.
“Our North Korean counterparts wrote to us recently guaranteeing safety and we appreciate it. But it was the decision by AFC to postpone the match. We will follow whatever decisions AFC make.
“I prefer the match to be at a neutral venue. If we have to play in Pyongyang then we will play there...it is not a problem...the only concern is the safety of our players.”
Meanwhile, the national Under-22 team will be on a playing tour in China on June 8-16. The 26-member squad will face China’s youth side on June 10 in Hunan, followed by the reserves teams of Guangzhou Evergrande (June 13) and Guangzhou R&F (June 15) in Guanghzou before returning to Kuala Lumpur to play a Super League club on June 22. Ajitpal Singh