Palestine will return to the pitch after a five month hiatus in June.
The national team has not played a match- official or otherwise- since their 0-0 draw against Jordan on January 15th; a result that condemned them to an early group stage exit at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
The friendly was announced by the FFKR on their official Twitter feed last week with no official announcement being made by their Palestinian counterparts.
🔥Болели за #akshumkar на Азии! Встречали как героев!
🇰🇬Пришло время вернуться на домашнюю арену к родным болельщикам!
⚽️11 июня | Кыргызская Республика – Палестина
🏟Стадион им. Д. Омурзакова
❗Билеты в кассах стадиона с 1 июня.#akshumkar #КүчБиримдикте #KGZPLE pic.twitter.com/Eo7FGBq1qg
— FFKR (@_FFKR) May 17, 2019
This will be the third meeting between the two sides in the last year. The two sides met in Bishkek in September of 2018 and played out a 1-1 draw and later met in Doha in December with Kyrgyzstan beating Palestine 2-1.
The PFA has been mysteriously silent regarding the future of the national team. It was widely expected that Noureddine Ould Ali would step down following the Asian Cup but he has remained in the role and will, in all likelihood, pick and manage a squad for this friendly.
Palestine are currently ranked 99th in the latest FIFA rankings but more importantly only 17th in Asia. In order to avoid being ranked in Pot 3 for the upcoming draw in July they’ll need to garner a positive result in this friendly while hoping other friendly results go their way.
A half a dozen countries are vying to avoid the dreaded Pot 3 and the margin of difference is incredibly close. Only 10 ranking points separate India (18th) from Jordan (15th).