Malaysia to face Singapore in AirMarine Cup

PETALING JAYA: The national team will rekindle the rivalry against neighbours Singapore in the AirMarine Cup.

Malaysia are drawn to kickoff their campaign against the Lions in the four nations tournament on March 20 which will also see Oman face Afghanistan to play in an earlier match at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Malaysia are currently ranked No. 35 with Singapore lying in the 34th spot.

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said there would not be any issue with players selection despite the AirMarine Cup clashing with the AFC Under-23 championship qualifiers from March 22-26.

“The Under-23 qualifiers is an important one because the team are aiming to qualify for the Finals and the Olympics. The senior side are also important because they need to improve their ranking,” said Hamidin.

“I’ve met with (Tan) Cheng Hoe and Datuk Ong Kim Swee (Under-23 team coach), and we’ve come to an agreement.

“There’s a limit to the best Under-23 that Kim Swee can select such as Safawi (Rasid) and Akhyar (Rashid), but Cheng Hoe doesn’t have any limitations due to the options available.

“He can pick players who have done well during the opening rounds of the M-League season.”

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