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Malaysia To Play North Korea In Pyongyang

Last update: 14/09/2017

SHAH ALAM, Sept 14 (Bernama) -- Malaysia will have to play their 2019 Asia Cup Group B qualifying match against North Korea in Pyongyang on Oct 5, according to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said the AFC had decided to schedule the match in Pyongyang since North Korea had played against Lebanon on Sept 5, without any security threat.

"We will follow the directive from AFC. I have discussed the matter with AFC secretary-general Datuk Windsor Paul John and thus far the venue is safe for us. We in the FAM have planned to play in North Korea and later head straight to Hong Kong.

"FAM President Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has given his consent," he told reporters after announcing the list of players for the Busan International Beach Soccer Championship in South Korea, here today.

However, the AFC would continue to monitor the situation and safety factors in North Korea because any threat to security would result in a change in the venue.....