The Asian Football Confederation (AFC), in consultation with FIFA, announced the proposed match dates for the remaining matches of Round 2 in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers today (5th June), which were originally scheduled to take place in March and June 2020.
Matchdays 7 and 8 are now scheduled to take place on October 8th and 13th, 2020 respectively while Matchdays 9 and 10 are due to kick off on November 12th and 17th, 2020.
The latest decision has been taken in the view of completing the Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 by November 2020, and to commence the subsequent FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Asian Qualifiers Final Round, as well as the play-off matches for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Round 3 Qualifiers by the March 2021 match dates in the FIFA International Calendar.
Sri Lanka were originally scheduled to play North Korea in Pyongyang on 26th March and South Korea in Colombo on 31st March, with a trip to Lebanon on 4th June for their final group H encounter.
The new proposed dates are;
- 8th October (Thursday) – North Korea v Sri Lanka (Away)
- 13th October (Tuesday) – Sri Lanka v South Korea (Home)
- 12th November (Thursday) – Lebanon v Sri Lanka (Away)
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The AFC will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all teams, officials, fans and stakeholders, as well as the following of Government travel and medical restrictions, and will notify all parties should there be a need to reassess the match schedules due to the ever-evolving impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.