Sport Socceroos v Syria to be played in Malaysia

09:13  14 september  2017
09:13  14 september  2017 Source:   MSN

Socceroos set to play Syria in the Middle East, not Malaysia

  Socceroos set to play Syria in the Middle East, not Malaysia Syria is expected to host its World Cup qualifying playoff leg against Australia in the Middle East - in a bid to get a 'home' advantage.The Syrians haven't played a match in their country since 2010 and have previously hosted their third-round AFC qualifiers for Russia at Hang Jebat Stadium in Malaysia.

After rumours it could be played in the Middle East, the south-east Asian nation has been announced as host for the first leg of the AFC playoff.

The Socceroos ' path to the World Cup is about to get even tougher with next month's qualifying play -off against Syria likely to be played in the Middle East - not in Malaysia .

Tomi Juric of the Socceroos celebrates after scoring the first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between Australia and Thailand. © AAP Image/Joe Castro Tomi Juric of the Socceroos celebrates after scoring the first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between Australia and Thailand. Malaysia has been confirmed as the host for Syria's home leg of the World Cup qualifying playoff against Australia.

The match will be played at Hang Jebat Stadium in Malacca - a venue with a 40,000 capacity that sits approximately 150km from Kuala Lumpur.

Although the Syrians played their third-round qualifiers at Hang Jebat, there were strong rumours of the match being hosted in the UAE, Jordan or Qatar.

The return leg will be played at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on October 10 with the winner moving on a home-and-away tie against the fourth-placed team from CONCACAF (currently USA).

Comment: The FFA should ignore the peanut gallery and continue to back Postecoglou .
It is simply preposterous to suggest the Socceroos would be better off without Ange Postecoglou, since he is still so clearly the right man to get Australia to Russia in 2018. The calls for Postecoglou’s sacking are symptomatic of the modern-day mentality that we can’t go more than five seconds without receiving some form of gratification.

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