Australia World Cup Qualifiers could be deferred because of the coronavirus

Australia World Cup Qualifiers could be deferred because of the coronavirus
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Australia’s World Cup qualifying matches against Kuwait and Nepal this month might be delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) declared late on Monday it would look for a meeting with FIFA to talk about the status of World Cup qualifiers for March and June.

In a short proclamation, the AFC said a “growing number” of national teams were either unable to stage matches or travel to venues with heightened health concerns and travel restrictions in place because of the virus outbreak.

The Socceroos are set to host Kuwait in Perth on March 26 preceding traveling to Kathmandu to play Nepal on March 31.

“The AFC will meet FIFA and then the West Zone nations before making a final decision on the options that exist for the competition,” the statement read.

The Australians have home qualifiers against Taiwan and Jordan in June to wrap up the first stage of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Australia top their group with four successes from four matches.

It’s normal an updated fixture list for the rest of the qualifiers will be announced after the meeting between FIFA and the AFC.

AAP has looked for comment from the FFA.