Goal readers say Australian Tour not beneficial for Malaysia

The Malayan Tigers embarked on their Australian Tour last week to prepare for the Asian Cup qualifiers, but a hefty 79 per cent of Goal readers felt that it will not be beneficial

A whopping 79 per cent of Goal readers find that the current Australian Tour for the Malaysia national team is not beneficial.

K. Rajagopal recently rounded up a 26-man squad to prepare for the Malayan Tigers’ Asian Cup qualifiers and they have gone down under to play three friendly games against Australian club sides.

On June 6, the men in black and yellow lost to Canberra All Stars 3-2 after conceding a penalty in the closing minutes of the game after Safee Sali netted an equalising brace.

Their second game will be against Marconi Stallions (June 11), and they will complete their tour after going head to head with Sydney United (June 13).

The decision to go on the training stint in Australia came after the cancellation of the Causeway Challenge that would have entailed a two-legged match with rivals Singapore.

Apparently, both the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and Singapore (FAS) couldn't come to an agreement for the challenge.

Out of the total of 372 readers polled, only 77 (21 per cent) thought that the trip would be beneficial for the Malaysian national team.