Eight countries keep their interest to host the 2019 Asian Cup soccer tournament and will be invited to attend a workshop on bidding processes, Asian football's governing body said.
Eleven countries had expressed their interest to host the competition when the bidding started but three - Lebanon, Malaysia and Myanmar - have since pulled out of the race. Representatives from the remaining eight Member Associations - Bahrain, China, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and the UAE - are invited to attend the workshop.
AFC Tuesday said the remaining potential candidates will be invited to a September 10-11 workshop in the Malaysian capital to get familiar with the further processes involved in hosting the evet.
Information on the rights, roles and responsibilities, AFC's requirements and other key elements on hosting the competition will be given to the bidding associations during the workshop.
AFC has also extended the deadline for the submission of all the documents to August 31. The bidding MAs were requested to provide signed bidding agreement, government guarantees and host candidate questionnaire.