As the Kyrgyzstan delegation did not reach Damascus on time for the match Syria - Kyrgyzstan (scheduled for 2 June 1997), said match was not played.

In the meantime, the team has arrived in the Syrian capital and will play its second and third match according to the match schedule, i.e. Kyrgyzstan - Iran on 4 June and Kyrgyzstan - Maldives Republic on 6 June 1997.

As regards the first match Syria vs Kyrgyzstan, the Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup will deal with the matter according to article 6, par. 6 of the competition regulations (see chapter 4) and inform all parties concerned of the decision taken in due course.