Syria to host World Cup playoff in Malaysia
The Syrians, who have never qualified for the World Cup finals, have played all their “home” qualifiers in Malaysia since FIFA banned them from hosting matches in their war-torn country.
Victory in the two-legged tie against Australia, who will host the second leg at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium on Oct. 10, would send Syria into a playoff against the fourth-placed side from the North and Central America qualifiers.
The winners of the intercontinental playoff will secure a berth in the 32-team field for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia. – Reuters