Effendi Jagan Abdullah, the managing director of BSC Soccer (M) Sdn Bhd, the official promoters for the FC Barcelona Asian Tour, confirmed this on Tuesday.
“There has been plenty of doubts surrounding the participation of Neymar and Messi in the Asian Tour, the former primarily because of his participation in the Confederations Cup.
“I’m here to assure you that, barring any serious injuries or unforeseen circumstances, both players will come and play in Malaysia ... 100% certain,” he said. Barcelona will play against a Malaysian XI selection at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Aug 10 at 8.45pm.
It will be the final match that the Spanish champions will play before their Spanish Super Cup first-leg clash against Atletico Madrid on Aug 21.
Effendi said this at a press conference announcing Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) as the official transporter for the Barcelona team.
Prasarana will offer two luxury corporate coaches for the players and officials of Barcelona and five buses for the public in addition to having the LRT and monorail trains decked out with the FC Barcelona Asian Tour promotional pictures.