AFC Cup final now set for Kuala Lumpur

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The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has confirmed today (Friday) that the final of its AFC Cup competition will now be held in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur and not the Chinese city of Shanghai as was announced earlier in the week.

The match between April 25 Sports Club, North Korea’s army club, and Al Ahed of Lebanon will take place on November 4 at Kuala Lumpur Stadium.

The match had initially been due to take place in Pyongyang, North Korea on November 2 but the AFC opted to move the fixture to Shanghai this week, citing sanctions in place affecting the former.

The AFC said it had been advised by commercial rights partners on the challenges of “production and broadcast delivery” of the match if it had been held in Pyongyang. The body said that Shanghai was chosen due to its ease of access and after the Chinese Football Association confirmed its willingness to stage the game, but today’s announcement will result in another relocation.

The AFC did not disclose a reason for the switch to Kuala Lumpur but apologised for the “unavoidable inconvenience”.

The AFC Cup is the second-tier continental competition for clubs in Asia, below the AFC Champions League.