23 Jun 2012

QPR to visit Malaysia and Indonesia

3:36 pm on 23 June 2012

Their new signing Ryan Nelsen won't be there but the All White captain's English Premier League football club Queens Park Rangers will visit Malaysia and Indonesia next month in their first pre-season Asia tour.

Nelsen will be on Olympic duty in Britain but his new side QPR will play friendlies against local teams in Malaysia's Sabah state on Borneo island and in the capital Kuala Lumpur in mid-July, followed by a match against a local team in Indonesia's Surabaya.

Malaysia has hosted several top Premier League clubs, who have been increasingly keen to nurture a fan base and help attract sponsors in Asia.

In April, Manchester City announced it would visit the Southeast Asian country for the first time, playing a squad of Malaysian League players on July 30 in Kuala Lumpur.

A week earlier, on July 23, Arsenal will hold an open training session in Kuala Lumpur followed by a match against Malaysian League players the next night. The two English clubs will also visit China.