The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has finally announced that Asian Cup qualifier between Malaysia and North Korea will be played in neither countries but in Bangkok, Thailand instead.
However, the governing body has yet to announce details regarding although the venue and the kick-off times.
AFC made the announcement today that both fixtures of home and away fixtures for Malaysia against North Korea will be played on neutral ground, with the latter fixture had been previously postponed several times due to various reasons.
“We are extremely grateful for the continued support by the Football Association of Thailand in agreeing to play host for these two matches,” said Dato’ Windsor John, the AFC General Secretary. “The FA of Thailand has ensured that the AFC has been able to maintain the sporting integrity of the AFC Asian Cup qualifying.”
The schedule decided that the first match will be played on 10th November while the second on 13th November, with North Korea taking the role of designated host for the first match while Malaysia will host the second match.
At the moment, North Korea and Malaysia are currently occupying the bottom two places of Group B in the AFC qualifiers, where the top two finishers will make it to the final rounds in Qatar in 2019.
Both teams have yet to win any of their matches in the group that also comprises of Lebanon and Hong Kong, and Eduardo Vingada’s Malaysia team will need to win at least one of these matches against North Korea to stand any chance to reach the finals.