Last season’s Hun Sen Cup and Metfone C-League runners-up NagaWorld FC will square off against Tacloban-based Global FC from the Philippines in the preliminary round of the 2016 RHB Singapore Cup, the draw for which was held on Sunday in the city-state.
This will be NagaWorld’s second appearance as invitees after their 2014 debut in Singapore’s most popular football tournament after the S-league.
Along with Naga and Global, Ceres-La Salle from the Philippines is the third club on the invitation list. Ceres-La Salle have drawn Garena Young Lions. The preliminary round is slated for May 22 to 29, with the quarterfinals scheduled for September.
The winner of the Naga-Global clash will book a quarterfinal meeting with local giants Tampines Rovers, who finished the 2015 as the runners-up in the S-League.
Tampines signed former Arsenal and Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant in January.“We are honoured to represent Cambodia in this prestigious tournament.
We are in the midst of both Hun Sen Cup and league campaigns and the team will work hard keeping this excellent opportunity in mind and come up with a performance that will do the country proud,” Naga coach Meas Channa told the Post yesterday.
One of Cambodia’s best-known business, leisure, entertainment and hotel complexes, NagaWorld has been supporting the club since its formation in 2001.
Naga’s trophy successes include two Metfone C-League titles in 2007 and 2009, and the 2013 Hun Sen Cup.This will be the 19th edition of the Singapore Cup, the last 12 of which have been sponsored by the RHB Bank.
Defending champions Albirex Ni-igata, one of the four seeded S-League teams, will have a quarterfinal date with the winners of the Geylang International-Warriors encounter.
Last year’s runners-up Home United will take on Hougang United in one of the most interesting match-ups in the preliminary round.