21 March 2017

Immediate replacement

AFC Asian Cup qualifiers will start at the end of this weekend and now we know that one match will not be played right from the start.
North Korea and Malaysia will have a rest in the first round, which supposed to play their match on 28 March, due to well known diplomatic conflict between these two countries. Malaysian officials asked the confederation to consider whether the game should take place, which they cancelled it first on 10 March, but 5 days later the AFC (quickly) found a new date. Now Pyongyang will welcome these two sides on 08 June, before second round games which are scheduled to begin on 13 June.
If hostility is still ongoing, then North Korea FA has to designate a neutral venue by 14 April. In case the first match will be played on neutral stadium then the reverse game will also be played outside Malaysia on 14 November.


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