Malaysian youngsters to take on visiting Chelsea counterparts

The country's Under-19 team let by coach Ismail Ibrahim are set for a friendly match against Chelsea’s Under-18 team on Tuesday

Ismail Ibrahim’s Harimau Muda ‘B’ boys have been scheduled to play a friendly against a visiting Chelsea youth team this coming Tuesday.

The match, slated for a 9.45p.m. kick-off at the Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya, is set to pit the nation's best under-19 players against Chelsea’s under-18 footballers.

The travelling Chelsea squad will feature England’s Under-16 internationals Reese Mitchell, Alistair Gordon, Jordan Houghton and Fankaty Dabo in addition to French striker Jeremie Boga and Swedish midfielder Isak Ssewankambo. Coached by Adrian ‘Adi’ Viveash, the Chelsea squad played the Thai Under-19s in Bangkok before making their way to Kuala Lumpur.

"We are delighted to be travelling to Asia with our youth team," Chelsea Academy director Neil Bath told The Star. "Our first team were in Asia for their pre-season in 2011 and we are pleased to be doing the same with the youth side."

The tour is part of Chelsea academy’s preparations for the upcoming season.