Datuk K.Rajagopal’s men to play three friendly matches before November tournament

Malaysia’s national football team will play warm-up matches against two Asian sides as part of their AFF Suzuki Cup preparations

Determined to defend the AFF Suzuki Cup they won two years ago, Malaysia have arranged three friendly matches leading up to this year’s edition in November.

A friendly a month has been penned in starting with a match at home on September 11 against Vietnam, the team they beat at the semi-finals stage in 2010.

This will be followed by a trip to Hong Kong in October where the ‘Harimau Malaya’ will play the host country on the 16th.

Malaysia’s friendly programme will then be wrapped up with another game against Vietnam on November 3, over in Hanoi.

Assistant coach Tan Cheng Hoe told Goal.com that Malaysia’s preparations started early with their friendly matches against visiting BPL sides, Arsenal and Manchester City last month.

“Time will move very fast so for us the preparations started early,” said Cheng Hoe.

“Every team will be coming well prepared so we cannot slack.”

Malaysia, who are co-hosting this year’s edition with Thailand, have been drawn in Group B and will open their campaign against neighbours and longtime nemesis, Singapore on November 25 in Kuala Lumpur.