JONG-UN SENDS ENVOY TO VISIT JOHOR PRINCE AHEAD OF KEY FOOTBALL MATCH, GRANTS ‘SPECIAL ACCESS’ TO FLY DIRECT FROM JOHOR TO PYONGYANG IN BID TO ASSURE SAFETY OF PLAYERS

HRH Major General Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Crown Prince of Johor and President of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), consented to an audience from Mr. Kim Yu Song, Charge D’Affaires of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, on September 19th 2017. Amongst issues discussed were foreign relations and current affairs as well as the upcoming Group B match of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifying final round, in which both teams will ensure the safety of players and team officials.

The discussion bore very positive results whereby a speech from His Royal Highness was passed to North Korea’s top leader. HRH Crown Prince of Johor was also given a special honour of being allowed full access to use their airspace to travel from Johor to Pyongyang anytime His Royal Highness wants to visit North Korea. It is the highest honour as any other world leader will need to stop by in Beijing before hand . Allah Peliharakan Sultan.

MEANWHILE, according to Malaysiakini:

North Korea will host Malaysia at the Kim Il-sung Stadium in Pyongyang. The second leg will see Malaysia hosting the visitors at the Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium, Johor Bahru on Nov 14.

Harimau Malaya is currently at the bottom of the table with one point after two games, with four more games remaining.

Apart from North Korea, the other teams on the table are Hong Kong and Lebanon.

The AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 tournament will take place in January 2019.

ACCORDING to Reuters: Malaysia’s 2019 Asian Cup qualifying match against North Korea, scheduled for the North Korean capital of Pyongyang on June 8, was postponed because of geopolitical tension, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Wednesday.

Diplomatic relations between the countries soured following the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in February.

The AFC’s decision, made because of concern about “geo-political tension on the Korean Peninsula”, came hours after South Korean President Moon Jae-in said there was a “high possibility” of conflict with North Korea, which is pressing ahead with nuclear and missile programmes it says it needs to counter U.S. aggression.

As tension rose over Kim’s killing, the Malaysian national team was barred from travelling to North Korea, preventing them from playing the match originally scheduled for March 28.

The AFC rescheduled the match to June 8 but Malaysia appealed against having to play it at a venue they did not consider safe for their players.

“Although the AFC had proposed on May 8, 2017 that the match … take place in the DPR Korea capital, recent developments have forced the AFC to reconsider the decision on the grounds of safety and security,” the confederation said.

The contest will now be played on the FIFA match day of Oct. 5, but the venue has yet to be decided.

The AFC said it would “closely monitor the safety and security position in coming months”, as well as the conduct of AFC Cup and AFC U-23 Championship qualifying matches in Pyongyang before taking a decision on the venue, it added.

DYAM TUNKU MAHKOTA JOHOR MENERIMA MENGADAP ‘CHARGE D’ AFFAIRS’ REPUBLIK DEMOKRATIK RAKYAT KOREA UTARA

DYAM Mejar Jeneral Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Tunku Mahkota Johor merangkap Presiden Persatuan Bolasepak Malaysia (FAM) menerima kunjungan Mr. Kim Yu Song, Charge D’Affairs Korea Utara pada 19hb September 2017. Pertemuan ini membincangkan hubungan dua hala dan juga mengenai isu semasa dunia serta membincangkan perlawanan Pusingan Akhir Kelayakan ‘AFC Asian Cup UAE’ 2019 Peringkat Kumpulan B di mana kedua-dua pasukan akan menjamin keselamatan para pemain dan pegawai pasukan.

Perbincangan tersebut membuahkan hasil yang sangat positif di mana pada masa yang sama, DYAM Tunku Mahkota Johor turut memberi ucapan antara dua pemimpin iaitu antara baginda dan pemimpin tertinggi Korea Utara. DYAM Tunku Mahkota Johor turut diberi penghormatan istimewa iaitu kebenaran sepenuhnya untuk menggunakan ruang udara terus dari Johor ke Pyongyang pada bila-bila masa sahaja sekiranya baginda ingin melawat negara Korea Utara. Ini merupakan satu penghormatan tertinggi kerana sebelum ini, mana-mana pihak di dunia ini adalah perlu untuk berhenti di Beijing terlebih dahulu. Allah Peliharakan Sultan.

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