Syria to host World Cup playoff in Malaysia

Malaysia has been confirmed as the host for Syria's home leg of the World Cup qualifying playoff against Australia.

After days of conflicting messages, including claims that the game would be played in Qatar, Jordan or the UAE, Football Federation Australia finally received confirmation on Thursday that the first leg will be on October 5 at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka, Malaysia, kicking off at 8pm local time (11pm AEST).

War-ravaged Syria have not played a match on home soil since 2010, holding all of their third-round Asian qualifiers in Malaysia.

The match will be played at Hang Jebat Stadium in Malacca - a venue with a 40,000 capacity that sits approximately 150km from Kuala Lumpur.

Victory in the two-legged tie against Australia, who will host the second leg at Sydney's Olympic Stadium on October 10, would send Syria into a playoff against the fourth-placed side from the North and Central America qualifiers.

The victor of the two-legged Asian conference tie will advance to another playoff against the fourth-placed team from the Concacaf region, now shaping as one of Panama, Honduras or the US.

"This is one of those occasions where every fan can make a difference".

That tie will be played in November, with the victor claiming a place at next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

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