Malaysia set to host World Cup qualifier playoff for Syria

Syria will be playing a vital World Cup qualifier playoff against Australia after receiving confirmation from the Asian Football Confederation.

This meant that the first leg between both national teams will be played at Hang Jebat Stadium in Malacca, Malaysia, Qatar or the United Arab Emirates, the preferred locations for Syria.

The return leg is set for ANZ Stadium five days later on 10 October, with the winner advancing to another playoff. This time around their opponents would be one of three picks: Panama, Honduras, or the US.

That particular playoff would in turn be played in November, with the winner claiming a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Thus far in their bid to qualify for Russia 2018, Syria have played their “home” games in Malaysia due to the on-going conflict in country.

After this fashion, the middle-east team “hosted” three qualifiers against Uzbekistan, Qatar and China at the Hang Jebat stadium, winning the former two and drawing against the latter.

Australia had missed out on their chance to secure automatic qualification to Russia when they beat Thailand 2-1 and Saudi Arabia overcame Japan 1-0 last week.

The results meant that the Saudi Arabia team secured their automatic qualification spot in the World Cup alongside group winners Japan, whereas Australia was left to struggle through the playoffs.

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