PETALING JAYA: National football coach Allan Harris will have a man at the Olympic Stadium in Ashgabat on Saturday to take notes on the first-round first-leg match of the Asian qualifying tournament between Turkmenistan and India.
The Englishman said that he would leave no stone unturned to get the Malaysian squad ready for their campaign.
Malaysia will play against the winners of the match between Turkmenistan and India in the second round of the qualifiers. The first leg match will be held in Kuala Lumpur on May 3 and the return match is on June 7.
“We have assigned (assistant coach) Zainal Abidin Hassan to watch the first-leg in Turkmenistan,” said Harris, whose team will report for the final phase of centralised training on April 10.
“I may go to the Nehru Stadium in Goa to watch the return-leg match on April 19. We have to keep close tabs on our opponents.”
Last month, Harris and another of his assistant, B. Sathianthan, were in Maldives for a “spying mission” too.
They watched the preliminary rounds of the Asia Cup qualifying tournament in which Myanmar advanced to the next round, beating Brunei and Maldives. Myanmar will now join Malaysia, Bahrain and Iraq in Group F of the pre-Asia Cup tournament, which begins in August.
Besides the pre-Olympics and pre-Asia Cup, Malaysia will also feature in the SEA Games in Vietnam in December. The Olympics and SEA Games are Under-23 tournaments while the Asia Cup involves senior national teams.