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ASEAN countries to bid for FIFA World Cup

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) vice-president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has revealed talks are underway for a possible joint bid from the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries for the 2034 FIFA World Cup.

Tengku Abdullah, who is also a member of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) group of 11 south-east Asian countries, chaired a committee to oversee the bidding process for the tournament. The FAM official added that ASEAN sports ministers would meet on June 19 to discuss the bid.

“The proposal and draft are ready, but we will look at other details before announcing the details of the meeting because 2034 is still a long way to go,” said Tengku Abdullah, according to Malaysia’s national news agency, Bernama.

“I spoke to FIFA president Sepp Blatter regarding the bidding process and received feedback that the bidding will start eight years before the actual tournament.”

“From what I’ve gathered, four to five countries will be involved. I think that, based on facilities, we are definitely capable of hosting such a large event,” Tengku Abdullah added, according to The Star newspaper.