KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 -- It is confirmed that the world’s 147th-ranked team, Kuwait would put the Harimau Malaya squad to the test at an international friendly match at the National Stadium, Bukit Jalil in early June.
Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) secretary-general Stuart Ramalingam said the warm-up match was part of the national team's preparation before facing Thailand in Group G of the 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup qualifiers in Bangkok on June 9.
"We have just received the confirmation from Kuwait who agreed to hold a friendly match against the national squad in June, and I see it as a great opportunity for national squad coach, Tan Cheng Hoe to evaluate our players' preparations before leaving for Bangkok," he told Bernama, today.
Stuart previously confirmed that the 2019 Arabian Gulf Cup winner, Bahrain had agreed to hold a warm-up match with Malaysia in Bukit Jalil in early March.
The friendly match will be the preparatory platform for the Harimau Malaya squad before meeting the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the 2022 World Cup/2023 Asia Cup qualifiers away match on March 26.
Five days later, the national squad will continue with their qualifying campaign against Vietnam at the National Stadium.
Malaysia currently sits in second place in Group G of the 2022 World Cup/ 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers with nine points after playing five of the eight group matches and they had a good chance to advance into the final qualifying round of the 2023 Asian Cup in China if they continue making positive results in the remaining three matches.
The last time Malaysia qualified for the Asian Cup final round was in 2007 when it was hosted jointly with three other ASEAN countries namely Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.