Inexperienced Malaysia against Asia’s best
MALAYSIA will take on the best in Asia to vie for one of three places in the beach soccer World Cup in the Bahamas, next month.
It will be a daunting task for Malaysia as they battle 11 other teams in the AFC Beach Soccer Championship 2017 at the Batu Burok beach in Kuala Terengganu, from today.
Malaysia are drawn in Group A with favourites Iran, Bahrain, China and Afghanistan, against who they open their campaign today.
Oman, Lebanon and Thailand make up Group B, after Uzbekistan pulled out.
Group C has another hot favourite Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Qatar.
The beach soccer World Cup will be played among 16 teams at the Bahamas capital Nassau on April 27-May 7.
The AFC tournament is the Asian qualifier for the World Cup.
Malaysian coach Ismail Zakaria was modest of the team’s chances.
“We are relatively inexperienced and view our group matches as a great opportunity to gain exposure.
“There is a lot of development needed for the team, as could be seen from the series of friendlies we had with Japan and Thailand,” he said.