KUALA LUMPUR – The Palestinian Football Association (PFA) has picked Jordan as their home venue for two upcoming 2018 World Cup/2019 Asian Cup Group A qualifying matches against Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.
International news agency, AFP reported that Head of PFA Jibril Rajoub however, has requested a postponement to the International Football Federation (FIFA) for the match against Saudi Arabia on Nov 9 to give them more time to decide the specific venue in Jordan.
“I spoke to (Jordan’s) Prince Ali over the last two days and we will play the two matches in Jordan. We will ask to postpone the match (with Saudi Arabia) for logistical reasons,” Rajoub was quoted by AFP, yesterday, adding that the match against Malaysia on Nov 12 will proceed as scheduled.
FIFA on Wednesday had issued a statement requesting PFA to organise the two matches at a neutral venue amid security uncertainty in the West Bank.
The Saudi team was reported to have refusing to travel to the Israeli-occupied West Bank for the return leg against Palestine on Oct 13, citing undefined “exceptional circumstances” before demanding the match to be held at a neutral ground on Oct 23.
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) had also sent an appeal letter to FIFA on three occasions, requesting the match against Palestine to be held in a neutral venue before the world football governing body granted their request on Wednesday.
Malaysia’s interim coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee through a short messaging service (SMS) to Bernama last night confirmed that the Malaysia versus Palestine match would be held in Jordan.