Thailand will play a warm-up match with World Cup hosts South Africa in South Africa on May 31, Football Association of Thailand president Worawi Makudi said yesterday.
The match will take place in Johannesburg or in Pretoria, 11 days before South Africa kick off the 2010 finals against Mexico at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.
Worawi, who is also a Fifa executive, said South Africa invited Thailand to play a warm-up game there because he is close to their coach Carlos Alberto Perreira of Brazil.
He said he had known the Brazilian since he coached Saudi Arabia more than 10 years ago before he took Brazil to their fourth world title in the US in 1994.
Meanwhile Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) are planning to send their national under-23 squad to Turkey and to participate in the Premier League in June as part of their preparation for the Asian Games.
The young squad are also scheduled to take part in the AFF Football Championship at the end of the year and have also arranged several matches in Malaysia against teams from the Middle East.
Under the guidance of head coach K. Rajagobal, matches against sides from Africa will also form part of their overall programme.
“We are always making an effort to hold talks with several countries in an effort to gain further exposure for this team,” said Datuk Azuddin Ahmad, the general secretary of the FA of Malaysia (FAM).
“We are still in the discussion stage and have not decided on the teams or the dates of these matches. Other than these two assignments, we are also planning to have a game against a team from the English Premier League in August. Which team that will be will be made known at a later."