Malaysia to play Saudi, UAE, Oman and Australia

Malaysia's national football team will play friendlies against Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Oman in preparation for the Asian Cup finals which Malaysia is co-hosting with Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam in July. Football Association of Malaysia General Secretary Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad said that the warm-up matches were important to equip the players for the tough assignments ahead in the group games against Iran, China and Uzbekistan.

He said that the team would begin their preparations with a three-match playing tour of Australia from 7-29 May, playing against the Australian Olympic (U-23) team, A-League club Sydney FC and a Western Australia state team. “We will base them in Penang after their return from Australia. It will give them a change of environment,” he said.