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Kelantan have accepted an invitation by the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam to play a friendly match against the country’s national side next month

Malaysian champions Kelantan will play a friendly match against Brunei to help them prepare for the qualifying round of the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup.

The match is to be played on the 8th of September during the international break, at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium in Kota Bharu.

The oil-rich state will be making their comeback to the international fold with their participation in this year’s AFF Suzuki Cup after FIFA suspended them in November 2008 for government interference.

“We will play Kelantan in Kota Bharu on 8 September. The match will help us prepare the national team for the AFF Suzuki Cup qualifiers in October,” team manager Feisal Eusof told

“The players have been training currently at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium and Berakas Sports Complex and the preparation have been running well and the squad for the tournament will be unveiled in a few days.”

In the qualifying round, Brunei will compete with hosts Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Timor Leste in a round-robin tournament for the two remaining spots in the tournament proper.

For Kelantan, this friendly is likely to give coach Bojan Hodak a chance to test-out his fringe squad members, with up to six of their players expected to be away with the Malaysian national team during this period.