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Harimau Malaya to play friendly before Hong Kong encounter

Goal.com logo Goal.com 14-06-2017

After Malaysia opened their 2019 Asian Cup qualification campaign with a 2-1 home defeat to Lebanon, the Harimau Malaya head coach Nelo Vingada told the press that he will focus more on scouting players in the domestic leagues.

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Malaysia's next qualification match will only take place on September 5, against Hong Kong at home.

"In July the leagues (M-League) will resume and the cup (Malaysia Cup) will kick off, while Malaysia U22 will take part in the 2018 U23 AFC Championship qualifiers and the SEA Games.

"Of course I will get to do a lot of reference (observation) in July and August. I am happy with the players I have now and if they are selected for the next match in September they will be better, but now I have the chance to watch players in the league and in the (Malaysia) U22 team.

"I believe we can find more players to join the current squad and form a stronger team," revealed the former Asian Cup-winning coach.

And he also plans to hold a prolonged centralised training camp and a friendly match before the Hong Kong encounter.

"The leagues will take another break in August with the last round to be played on the ninth or tenth, I will give them a four,five-day break.

"Then in mid-August we'll start preparations for the Hong Kong game; a training camp and probably one friendly match - home or away - against a team that play with the same style as Hong Kong," he explained.

Malaysia are currently bottom of Group B in the qualifiers with no points after one match but with one game in hand, while Hong Kong are in third in the four-team group, with one point after two games.

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