Monomotapa failed to pitch up for a league match with Highway on Saturday after they left Zimbabwe without approval from the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
Malaysia were scheduled to play Liberia in two international A-friendly matches but the FA of Malaysia (FAM) called off the games because the Liberians were not bringing their first team.
An invitation was then extended to ZIFA who sent Monomotapa, with the FAM reportedly picking up the bill.
Monomotapa were hammered 4-0 by the Malaysians in the first friendly on Sunday. They play again on Tuesday.
Local newspapers trumpeted a “rousing win by Malaysia”. The New Straits Times said: “It was just the start a young national side needed under a new coach as Malaysia crushed Zimbabwe 4-0 in an international friendly at the KLFA Stadium in Cheras.”
In a story headlined ‘Malaysia thrash Zimbabwe 4-0 in friendly game’, the news agency Bernama said: “Malaysia ran rings all over Zimbabwe to beat them 4-0 in a friendly at Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium in Cheras here Sunday.”
Malay Mail sports journalist Haresh Deol told New Zimbabwe.com: “We in Malaysia are said to be hosting the Zimbabwe national team for an international friendly match recognised by FIFA.
“When I asked coach Rodwell [Dhlakama] yesterday about the line up being Monomotapa United or the Zimbabwe national team, he insisted it was the Zimbabwe national team and not the club side.