Asean to bid for 2034 World Cup

Deputy president of FAM, Tengku Abdullah, has said that Asean countries will work together to bid to be the host of the 2034 World Cup

Tengku Abdullah, who is also a member of the Asean Football Federation (AFF), was asked to chair a committee at the Asean Level for the 2034 World Cup bidding process.

According to Bernama, he said the descision was based on a consensus by Sports Ministers of all Asean countries, and the committee would hold a meeting with all Asean representatives on June 19.

"The proposal and draft are ready but we will look at other details before announcing the details of the meeting because 2034 is a long way to go.

"I spoke to FIFA President Sepp Blatter regarding the bidding process and received his feedback that the bidding will start eight years before the actual tournament," he added.

Tengku Abdullah has expressed his hope that Malaysia would be able to have a world class team to prepare for the challenges through a National Agenda.

The next countries to host the World Cup will be Brazil in 2014, Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022. The last and only time that the World Cup was hosted in Asia was back in 2002 when South Korea and Japan were co-hosts.