FIFA Executive Committee member Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said Malaysia have an opportunity to co-host the 2034 FIFA World Cup.
However, it is only if Southeast Asian neighbours Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam put in a joint bid to host it and the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and the Malaysian government are agreeable to it.
"The opportunity for us (ASEAN) to bid conceivably has its strengths because three to four countries can share, as what the USA, Mexico and Canada did to win the bid and become the 2026 hosts.
"In fact the time has come for countries in the ASEAN region to be given the opportunity.
"In this regard, we hope the infrastructure and strength of ASEAN's football teams would have been consolidated by then.
"We have 16 years [to prepare], which should be sufficient," said the former FAM president during an Aidilfitri open house at the Abdulaziz Palace on Saturday.
Tengku Abdullah, who just returned from Moscow, Russia, after attending a FIFA Council Meeting in conjunction with the 2018 FIFA World Cup a day earlier, expressed confidence that Malaysia could also be one of the host countries based on its infrastructure.
For the 2026 edition, Mexico, Canada and the US made the bid together and were announced as the organisers on Wednesday.
Mexico and Canada would organise 10 matches each, while the quarter-finals and the rest of the matches would be held in US.
The tournament would also feature 48 teams for the first time.
Sun Jun 17 2018
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