Syria’s National Football team will be playing all of their “home” matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in Macau, as proposed by the Macau Football Association (MFA) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and confirmed last week to the Times.
According to AFC, “Macau FA proposed to Syria FA to host all five Syrian team home matches. Syria FA accepted this offer and the AFC, following communication with FIFA, has confirmed Macau as the venue for the Syrian home matches, taking into consideration logistics and security aspects,” they told the Times.
Syria ranks 105 in FIFA’s ranking, which is the lowest rank of the six teams included in Asia’s Round 3 Group A qualifiers that includes China, Iran, South Korea, Qatar and Uzbekistan.
On September 6, Syria will play its first match at “home” in Macau against South Korea before heading to China where, exactly one month after, they will face China’s team at Shaanxi Province Stadium, Xian.
Chinese media reports said the initiative will cost AFC 6 million patacas.
Read the full report tomorrow (Monday) in the Times print edition.