The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) received an outburst of negative comments after the recent FIFA ranking placed Malaysia in the 167th place, compared to 155th place last month.
FAM urged fans to calm down as Malaysia had only played two international matches before the ranking was unveiled and that they were already in the process of scheduling more international matches for the Harimau Malaya squad.
Earlier today, FAM’s vice president Datuk Subahan Kamal revealed that the national team’s schedule will be packed with matches in the next couple of months.
According to Datuk Subahan, the Harimau Malaya squad will be heading off for a training camp in Malacca on the 14th of August until the 21st of August, to prepare for several upcoming matches that have been scheduled.
As soon as they are done with the training camp, the national squad will travel for an away friendly tie against Macau on the 25th of August, before subsequently facing Myanmar in Yangoon on the 29th of August.
After the match against Myanmar, the Tigers will return home to rest and rejuvenate before their Asian Cup qualifier against Hong Kong on the 5th of September, which will be played at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka this time around. But according to Subahan, they are trying to fit another fixture into the schedule.
“We are also trying to get Syria to play a friendly match with us on the 22nd of August. They will already be in Malacca at that point, because they have a World Cup qualifier against Qatar on the 31st of August. However, nothing is confirmed yet as of now,” he explained.