The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has revealed that Malaysia’s Asian Cup qualifier against North Korea will take place in Pyongyang on the 8th of June.
AFC released a statement earlier today to announce the move, with Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) reportedly confirming that no travel restrictions are implemented as of now.
“Following confirmation from the Football Association of Malaysia that no Government travel restrictions are in place, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has agreed that the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Final Qualifying Round Group B match will now take place in Pyongyang, DPR Korea on June 8, 2017,” the statement read.
This fixture was initially scheduled to be played at the Kim Il-Sung Stadium back in March, but it was ultimately postponed by AFC after the death of Kim Jong-nam sparked massive political tension between both countries.
Since then, FAM have actively fought to have the game played on a neutral venue, but North Korea’s reluctance made it difficult for AFC to act on the request. However, the reducing levels of tension between both governments appears to have convinced AFC to allow North Korea to host the match on home turf.
More to come…