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S. Korea, Syria will not play their World Cup qualifier in Macau

All Headlines 16:24 August 31, 2016

SEOUL, Aug. 31 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and Syria will not play their World Cup qualifier in Macau next week, the nation's football governing body said Wednesday.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) said the 2018 FIFA World Cup final Asian qualifying round match between South Korea and Syria on next Tuesday will not take place at the Macau Olympic Stadium after the Macau Football Association and its Syrian counterpart failed to reach an agreement on the details.

The KFA added the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is in talks with the Syrian Football Association to determine the alternate venue for the match. The exact location is expected be revealed no later than Thursday.

South Korea, ranked 48th in the latest FIFA world rankings, are scheduled to face No. 105 Syria next Tuesday. Because of Syria's civil war, the match had to be played at a neutral site and Syria first picked Lebanon as a place to stage their home matches. However, on Aug. 23, they changed the venue to Macau, citing security reasons.

The Taeguk Warriors were set to depart for Macau on Saturday, two days after they open their regional qualification round against China at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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