PETALING JAYA: The national football team will change their game plan with the hope of ending their Tour of Oceania with a win over Fiji at the Prince Charles Park Stadium in Nadi on Sunday.
World No. 173 Malaysia began the Tour with a shock 2-0 loss to world No. 193 Papua New Guinea last week before bouncing back with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over world No. 183 New Caledonia on Wednesday.
National skipper Aidil Zafuan Abdul Razak admitted that they would face two obstacles today – one is world No. 186 Fiji and the other is the hot weather.
“We have been training here the last two days, but the field isn’t so good. We will change our game a bit to suit the situation. We have also been working on a different tactical approach ... we know what needs to be done,” said Aidil on Saturday.
“We will be playing at 2pm(Fiji time) and it’s hotter here. So, that makes this match even harder, but I think we are well-prepared.”
Fiji coach Frank Farina is expected to field a star-studded team for the friendly, including the likes of prolific goal scorer Roy Krishna, Iosefo Verevou, Samuela Kautoga, Alvin Singh, Manasa Navakula, Jale Dreloa, Kolinio Sivoki, Ilaitia Tuilau, Ilimotama Jese and Beniamoni Mateinaqara.
Malaysia will be without two injured players – defender Mohd Shahrom Kalam (knee) and Zaquan Adha Razak (wrist). Midfielder Abdul Latiff Suhaimi (heel injury) will undergo a late fitness test.
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