China - Malaysia Preview: Malayan Tigers looking to boost FIFA ranking

K. Rajagopal’s men march into this Class ‘A’ friendly with China in a bid to raise their FIFA rank and win back the fans’ support


Wu - L. Zhang - Feng - Rong
Jin - Yang - Sun - X. Zhang - Wu


Mahali - Aidil (C) - Razman - Asraruddin
Kunanlan - Safiq - Gurusamy - Azamuddin
Amri - Norshahrul

Malaysia begin their task of rising up in the FIFA ranking when they take on China in Beijing.

After losing to FC Barcelona 3-1 in a fan-fare friendly back in August 10, Datuk K. Rajagopal’s men will be determined to get a positive result against their Southeast Asian counterparts.

With so much at stake in the upcoming 2015 Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain come October 15, the Malaysian head coach has carefully picked his players for the squad.

The 57-year-old has called up defensive stalwarts in Aidil Zafuan and Mahali Jasuli while also pulling in the experience of Helmi Remili and Hasmizan Kamarodin.

The Malayan Tigers would also be bolstered with the attacking capabilities of Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, Amri Yahyah and Safee Sali but will be without the springy winger in Nazrin Nawi who will be out with an injury.

China, on the other hand, won 6-1 against Singapore last week, and interim coach Fu Bo full of praise.

He may decide change his starting line-up and give the fringe players a run out after the impressive mauling of the Lions.

Considering the Asian Champions League as well as the domestic league seasons, several Guangzhou Evergrande players would be rested; especially captain Zheng Zhi who is down with a fever.

China may have lost 1-5 to Thailand in June under former coach Juan Anotonio Camacho, but they have been unbeaten in their last four - including a 4-3 upset against Australia.

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Malaysia 0-0 China (2009)
Malaysia 1-5 China (2007)