Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) will consult the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) before deciding on whether Malaysian football team would go to Pyongyang to play an Asian Cup 2019 qualifier against North Korea.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin will seek AFC’s advice to assess the situation in North Korea first before Malaysia play the match at the Kim Il-sungin Stadium in Pyongyang on March 28.
“I will ask the AFC to monitor the situation in Pyongyang because security is our priority.
It is a difficult situation now because the diplomatic relationship between North Korea and Malaysia is strained.
“If there is a change in venue, Malaysia will be ready to face their opponent,” he told reporters at a briefing for the National Transformation (TN50) at the Youth and Sports Ministry on Tuesday.
Malaysia have been drawn in Group B with North Korea, Hong Kong and Lebanon.
Kuala Lumpur – Pyongyang diplomatic tie has hit the rock following the alleged murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, Kim Jong-nam at the KLIA2 in Sepang on February 13.
Wisma Putra has summoned North Korea Ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol to explain his criticisms over Malaysian police handling of the murder investigation.
The Foreign Ministry has also recalled home Malaysian Ambassador to North Korea Mohamad Nizan Mohamad as well. – Bernama