The Canaries want to test themselves before the Malaysia Cup kicks off later in August.
Kedah FA interim coach Datuk Ahmad Shafie admits he is struggling to find quality opposition for friendly matches ahead of the Malaysia Cup.
Easy wins against Kedah League’s Sungai Petani and FA Cup runners-up PBAPP FC have made up the Canaries’ preparations for the tournament, which kicks off on August 20, while the warm-up game against Selangor PKNS was abandoned at half-time due to fighting on the field.
Ahmad, who temporarily took up the reins from Marijo Tot at the Darul Aman Stadium last week, wants to test his side before their opening bout with Malaysia Super League champions Lions XII in a fortnight.
“The preparation under my assistant Antonio Sisic has been going on smoothly since last month. But we’re still trying to set up friendlies against teams of equal or better standard to test the players’ readiness,” he told The Star.
“We only have two matches against lowly oppositions under our belt now. It’s unfortunate that the PKNS match could not be completed.
“Our main problem is that we are the only team from the north to compete in the Malaysia Cup. The others, like Penang and Perlis, have finished their season and their players are not in training now.
“We wanted to organise matches against Perak but the plan had to be scrapped after we were both drawn in the same group for the Malaysia Cup.”
Kedah were pooled in Group D alongside Lions XII, Perak FA and Sarawak FA.