BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) secretary-general Dato' Hamidin Amin has revealed that Malaysia's Asian Cup qualification playoff matches against Timor Leste will be played at the Tan Sri Dato Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium, the home of Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT).
Speaking to the media in the first monthly national team press conference at the Wisma FAM on Thursday, Hamidin who is also the national team manager also revealed that the decision to also play the away leg in Malaysia was made at the request of the Timor Leste FA itself, due to budgetary and convenience concerns.
"Perhaps they made the request due to logistical reasons and the facilities, as the return leg takes place only five days after the first," explained Hamidin.
He also added that there are already plans to host matches involving the national team at venues all across the country. "Next on our target is Sabah and Sarawak, and north of Peninsular Malaysia; Perlis and Kedah," he said.
In March, the national team played Macau in a friendly at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka, the first time a home match involving the national team that was played in Malaysia, was held outside the Klang Valley area since 2011.
In the same month, the SEA Games Under 22 project squad also played friendly matches against Philippines U22 and Nepal at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Seremban.