The Malayan Tigers face a tricky test in next Tuesday’s bout.
Malaysia defender Mahali Jasuli insists he is aware of the threat that China will pose when the two face-off in a friendly next week.
The Football Association of Malaysia have arranged the Class ‘A’ international fixture to aid the Malayan Tigers in climbing the FIFA rankings ladder after repeated calls for the national team engage in more matches against other nations.
Datuk K. Rajagopal’s side are currently languishing in 162nd position, while their opponents are enjoying the warmer climes of 95th, and could improve their standing when they take on The Dragon in Tianjin on September 10.
And despite the tricky test that awaits them, Jasuli – considered to be Malaysia’s very own Cafu – is confident he and his team-mates can seal a surprise result and boost their standing in one fell swoop.
“We will try the best we can to get a good result to improve ourselves in the rankings,” he explained to Goal.
After the game against China another stern examination awaits Rajagopal’s in the shape of UAE on October 10, before the 2015 Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain five days later – a match Malaysia need to win to remain in contention to stay in touch with the leading pack.