The skipper is believes it will be an eye-opening test of their SEA Games credentials.
Harimau Muda A captain Fadhil Shas is confident they are fully prepared for the trials that lie ahead in the Merdeka Tournament.
The 2013 edition of the tournament – returning after a five-year absence – will see the Malaysian under-23’s begin their campaign against causeway rivals Singapore on Saturday in the opening match.
With a stern test awaiting them on match-day one Fadhli insists the squad aren’t phased and close-knit nature of the dressing room is an attribute not shared by other nations.
“We are confident because we have been playing together for so long that we have formed a really good understanding with each other,” he told Goal.
“We are a very close knit group. Everyone enjoys the company of each other.”
A large proportion of the squad have already experienced competition football together under the guidance of talented coach Ong Kim Swee, most notably achieving a goal medal SEA Games in 2011.
And Fadhil views the Merderka as a precursor to December’s event, in which they will aim to make it onto the winners podium once again.
“This tournament will also be a serious test to our SEA Games title credentials,” he added.