The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has expressed willingness in hosting a match against India in their home nation in August-September. Stuart Ramalingam, FAM’s general secretary, stated that two international friendly games are being planned during the period of August 30 to September 7.
During that time, there will be a global international break, which will also apply in Asia. International sides can play numerous friendly matches during the international break to improve their FIFA rankings.
In a conversation with Bernama, Ramalingam stated that AFC has also joined hands in organizing the friendly matches.
“AFC have also agreed to cooperate and assist FAM in undertaking the two international friendlies utilizing the biomedical bubble concept in August-September.”
Ramalingam also adds that they will take all the necessary precautions and measures for the safety and well-being of all the parties involved.
“FAM will in no way take any risk concerning the safety of players, officials, and all Malaysians. We are confident that we can implement this biomedical bubble in a safe and secure manner for the safety of all parties involved,” said Stuart Ramalingam.
He also stated that three teams were being considered for the matches: the Indian team, Palestine, and Taiwan. However, there has been no statement made on this matter by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
What will be India’s plans?
India’s last international match was in June, as part of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers. They eventually came in third place in their group. The Blue Tigers might accept FAM’s invitation for a game since they need more victories in competitive international matches to enhance their FIFA rankings.
Head coach Igor Stimac, who was just given a one-year contract extension, will undoubtedly want to arrange more games in the future in order to enhance his strategy and get more victories.
A match against the Malaysian team, who are now ranked 153rd in the FIFA standings, might be intriguing for the Blue Tigers. The Men in Blue have won 10 games and drawn seven times against them. Stimac will be keen to enhance his record as he has only won two matches since extending his contract.
ALSO READ| Sandesh Jhingan wins AIFF Player of the Year