Malaysia is not ready to host the 2023 Asian Cup, at least that appears to be the honest verdict from the country’s own football association.

The FA of Malaysia – which is commonly known as FAM – has provided its opinion on their ability to host the upcoming tournament after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) decided to throw it open to everybody in regard to hosting the competition.

Indeed, China had initially been slated as the hosts, but they have since withdrawn due to the pandemic that is being experienced within the country. Japan is understood to have been sounded out as a potential option.

However, those who will use the site to place wagers on the upcoming competition and every other football fixture that they may want to bet on will need to know that Malaysia does not appear to be in the running.

According to one senior official, it has been deemed as “close to impossible” for the country to be able to take over hosting duties in such a short timeframe, with a number of different factors having been identified.

FAM secretary general Saifuddin Abu Bakar said: “I think we will not bid to host the 2023 Asian Cup because the preparation is immense.

“In terms of accommodation, we wouldn’t have any issues but when it comes to field preparation (it could pose a problem) because following the criteria set, the host needs to have at least four match venues as well as training fields that are of equal standard of the competition pitch.

“With the short amount of time, I think it would be impossible to fulfil the necessary criteria but it is subject to the decision set during the upcoming FAM exco meeting.”

Whilst some might feel it could have been a blow to the AFC and its process of selecting a host nation at short notice, it may have actually provided them with a positive outcome.

This is because the governing body has revealed that the job is open to each of the 47 member associations that make up the Asian football body.

AFC general secretary Datuk Seri Windsor John has said that documentation for the hosting big will be finalized shortly, with those interested and ready to host the AFC 2023 Asian Cup to be provided with it in the coming week.

Whilst we still have some football left between now and then, we will all want to know where the next edition of this competition will be held, as we will all want to cheer on our team as much as possible.