12 Jul 2013 11:19

SHAH ALAM, July 11 (Bernama) -- The national football squad Harimau Malaya will be playing friendly matches with three clubs in Japan from July 23 to Aug 1 in preparing for their crucial Group D match against Bahrain in the 2015 Asian Cup qualifier in Kuala Lumpur in October.

They will be playing Division One clubs Shimizu S-Pulse and Shonan Bellmare on July 25 and 27 respectively before rounding off the tour against Division Two side Tokyo Verdy on July 31. Harimau Malaya manager Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal, speaking to reporters after attending a meeting of the organising committee for the Malaysia-Chelsea FC match at the Shah Alam Stadium here today, said the friendlies were possible because the clubs were in pre-season training.

He also said Harimau Malaya would be playing a friendly against Thailand Premier League side Chonburi FC at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on June 16 as a warm up for the Chelsea FC match on July 21 at the same venue.

Meanwhile, ProEvents International Sdn Bhd Managing Director, San Boon Wah said he was confident that ticket sales for the friendly match between Harimau Malaya and Chelsea FC would receive a positive response despite the match being held during the fasting month.

-- MORE SPORTS-FOOTBALL (HARIMAU MALAYA) 2 (LAST) SHAH ALAM "So far, we managed to sell about 30,000 tickets for the match and we're quite confident that the numbers will increase," he said. San said ticket holders for the Malaysia-Chelsea match could also watch The Blues' training session at the National Stadium on July 20, without the need to get other passes. He said the English club was expected to arrive in Malaysia on July 18 before departing on July 23 to conclude their 2013/14 Asian pre-season tour against the Indonesia XI team at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta. The United Kingdom-based club under new manager, Portugal's Jose Mourinho will be play against Singha All-Star XI in the Singha Cup at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok, on July 17. -- BERNAMA MCYS ERE MAM HA