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Joanna Estrada
October 21, 2017

Malaysia's two Asian Cup Group B football qualifying matches against North Korea will be held on neutral ground in November, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has decided.

North Korea's home match has been postponed thrice after the murder of the North Korean leader's half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in February.

According to a statement issued on Friday, the matches will be played on November 10 and 13 at the same venue, with DPR Korea acting as the home side for the November 10 clash, and Malaysia "hosting" the latter encounter.

In the wake of the killing, Malaysia barred its citizens from travelling to North Korea, which prevented the national team from playing a qualifier originally scheduled for March 28 in Pyongyang.

AFC general secretary Datuk Windsor John said the order of matches has been maintained as the previously-announced sequence to protect the sporting integrity of the competition.

Malaysia are now bottom of the Group B of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification, which they share with Lebanon, Hong Kong and North Korea.

With three matches remaining, Malaysia needed to finish among the top two teams in the group to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, scheduled to be held in United Arab Emirates from Jan 5 to Feb 1, 2019. Lebanon are first with 10 points, while Hong Kong are second with five.

Lebanon is at the top the group with 10 points, followed by North Korea and Hong Kong.

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