Kuala Lumpur, Oct 20: Kuala Lumpur City FC, a distinguished football club and Asia’s second-best team in the AFC Cup, is throwing its enthusiastic support behind Malaysia’s decision to host the forthcoming Group I match between Palestine and Australia as part of the 2026 World Cup/2027 Asian Cup Qualifiers.
Scheduled for Nov 21, the highly anticipated match will take place at the Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium in Cheras.
Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Adam Adli Abd Halim, confirmed Malaysia’s readiness, stating, “We have extended an invitation to host this significant game at the Kuala Lumpur Stadium in Bandar Tun Razak next month.”
This hosting choice comes after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) declined Palestine’s initial request to hold the match in Algeria.
Given Malaysia’s close association with AFC activities and its dedication to fostering football growth in Asia, the country emerged as the ideal alternative host.
Azri Azerai, Rinani’s director and KLCFC spokesperson, expressed his pride in Malaysia’s role, saying, “While KLCFC won’t directly host the match, we are extremely proud that Malaysia, our home turf, is stepping up to host this international event.
Our strong performance in the last AFC Cup and our ongoing affiliation with the AFC are testaments to the promising landscape of football in Malaysia.”
Azri continued, “Being actively involved in the AFC, we understand the complexities and the importance of venues in international matches. We look forward to witnessing a successful event that not only engages football fans but also helps to strengthen diplomatic and cultural ties between nations.”
It’s worth noting that Malaysia has previously served as a neutral venue for the 2018 World Cup Qualifying round play-off between Syria and Australia at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka, back in October 2017.
For more information about this historic sporting event, please visit the official websites of KLCFC and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
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