KLCFC Proudly Supports Malaysia’s Initiative to Host Palestine-Australia World Cup Qualifier

Publish date: Sun, 22 Oct 2023, 08:08 PM

KLCFC Proudly Supports Malaysia’s Initiative to Host Palestine-Australia World Cup Qualifier

AFC’s Second-Best Team in Last Year’s Cup, KL City FC, Applauds Malaysia’s Role as Neutral Ground for Upcoming 2026 World Cup/2027 Asian Cup Qualifier

KUALA LUMPUR (20 OCTOBER 2023)  Kuala Lumpur City FC (KL City FC), a distinguished football club recently celebrated as Asia’s second-best team in the AFC Cup, now under the financial umbrella of Rinani Group Berhad (Rinani or the Company), enthusiastically supports Malaysia’s decision to host the upcoming Group I match between Palestine and Australia for the 2026 World Cup / 2027 Asian Cup Qualifiers.

The match, scheduled for November 21, will be hosted at the Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium in Cheras. Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Adam Adli Abd Halim, confirmed the country’s readiness: “We have extended an invitation to host this significant game at the Kuala Lumpur Stadium in Bandar Tun Razak next month,” he announced.

This hosting decision comes after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) turned down Palestine’s initial request to hold the match in Algeria. Malaysia, being closely aligned with AFC activities and an advocate for the growth of football in Asia, offers itself as the next best option.

Azri Azerai, Rinani’s director and KLCFC

Azri Azerai, Rinani’s director and KLCFC spokesperson, shared, “While KLCFC won’t be directly hosting 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 further added, “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.”

Malaysia had previously served as a neutral venue for the 2018 World Cup Qualifying round play-off between Syria and Australia at the Hang Jebat Stadium, Melaka, in October 2017.

For more information on this historic sporting event, please visit the official websites of KLCFC and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

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