KUALA LUMPUR: The Malayan Tigresses will get a chance to test their claws in the Women's International Friendly Tournament hosted by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) from Sept 18-30.
World No. 89 Malaysia are in Group A with No. 170 Saudi Arabia and No. 157 Pakistan. Group B will feature Laos (world No. 87), Lebanon (No. 138) and Bhutan (No. 171).
National coach Soleen Al-Zoubi said the tournament will open up opportunities for the FA of Malaysia to establish a strategic relationship with the SAFF.
"If we look at the rankings of the teams, it will benefit our team from the technical aspect," said Soleen in a statement on Tuesday.
"In addition, we can also hold a player exchange programme as part of our development initiatives besides giving us the chance to prepare the girls for more international matches in the future."
The top two teams in each group will qualify for the semi-finals.
The national women's team will play against Saudi Arabia on Sept 18 and Pakistan on Sept 21 at King Fadh Sports City Stadium, Al-Taif.