Harimau Muda to compete in Indonesia's Menpora Cup

Ong Kim Swee wants to test his players' mentality when the team competes in the Menpora Cup in front of Indonesia's die hard fans

The 2013 Merdeka Tournament champions will soon get back into gear as they will be competing in the Menpora Cup in Indonesia from September 20-29.

Although they will be without nine key players who already returned to their respective club and state teams, the Young Tigers' head coach Ong Kim Swee still sees the Menpora Cup as a good platform for him to test his players’ character.

According to Utusan Malaysia, Ong stated that facing provocation and jeers from the Indonesian fans can help the players train their mental strength as they are expected to have the same obstacle come December when the SEA Games kickoff.

Ong said: "This championship is different because we would not have our own fans to support us and we must face the Indonesian fans.

"I hope that the stadium is going to be full with the opponents' fans, and let them jeer us, as we are going to have similar situation when we go to Myanmar in December."

He also added that FAM’s head of security, Dali Wahid, will be together with the team to ensure the safety of the players throughout the tournament.

"Let this be an experience for the players so that it can help us for the SEA games later," he added.

The Young Tigers have been drawn into the Group A together with Indonesian Super League clubs, Sriwijaya and Persib Bandung and as well as an Australian League club, Central Coast Mariners.

Ong also added that this competition will give the players who missed out on the Merdeka Tournament to prove themselves.