Sunday, 28 August 2011

Malaysia Cup matches might be postponed for Malaysia's friendly against Australia

Decision on whether Malaysia Cup quarter-final matches will be played as scheduled or deferred will only be known after Aidilfitri.

"This is to avoid a clash as the national team coached by Datuk K. Rajagobal has been invited to play Australia in a friendly match on Oct 7," Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) secretary-general Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad told Bernama here today.

He said the Local Competitions Committe would be meeting soon chaired by chairman Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin, who is also FAM vice-president.

Malaysia's national team (Harimau Malaya) had been invited by the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) to Sydney to play against the Australian national team (Socceroos) on Oct 7.

Australia is one of the world's football power and is also AFC Cup 2011 runners-up.

The meeting would decide whether to continue the Malaysia Cup competition fixtures or amend the dates to make way for the international friendly match.

Azzuddin described the friendly match as an honour as the good performance of the national team had gained the respect of a strong football nation.

"Australia is one of Asia's best 16 teams in the World Cup competition. Although we failed to qualify from the group, they acknowledged the quality of our game," he said.

The Malaysia Cup group stage will start on Sept 6 and ends on Sept 27 while the quarter-finals will be held on Oct 4 and Oct 8 followed by the semi-finals on Oct 14-22 with the final on Oct 29.

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