Eagles Drawn Against Philippines’ Global Cebu In RHB Singapore Cup 2017
By Kevin Prasad on 9 May 2017
Geylang International FC will face United Football League winners, Global Cebu FC at Jalan Besar Stadium, in the ‘Preliminary Round’ of the coveted RHB Singapore Cup 2017.
The ‘RHB Singapore Cup 2017 Draw’, was conducted in the morning of 09th May 2017 at the Ocean Financial Centre near Raffles Place and on the same day, RHB also extended their sponsorship of the Singapore Cup for another three years through to 2019.
This year, eight S.League teams, with the exception of Garena Young Lions, alongside four invitational clubs will participate and compete in the top domestic club knockout competition for the desirable ‘RHB Singapore Cup’ trophy.
The 20th edition of RHB Singapore Cup, will commence on 29 May and while four teams in the S.League – Albirex Niigata (S), Home United, Tampines Rovers, Brunei DPMM – have received byes to the quarter-final, Geylang International, Hougang United, Balestier Khalsa and Warriors FC will play the preliminary round against their foreign opponents.
The Singapore Cup will run concurrently with the S.League regular season, with the highest placed ‘local team’ or winners of the Singapore Cup competition going on to represent Singapore in the AFC Cup the following season.
Last year, the Eagles faced Warriors FC in the preliminary round and advanced with 2-1 score line. Up next in the Quarter-Finals, the Eagles faced the eventual champions, Albirex and unfortunately bowed out of the tournament, after the two-legged fixtures concluded at 2-4, on aggregate.
This year, the ‘greenwhitearmy’ are determined to better their previous performance and hopefully clinch the sought-after silverware and repeat the success of the 2009 edition.
According to Geylang’s Head Coach, Hasrin Jailani believes that all teams are equally strong this year, and was actually hoping to get one of the Cambodian teams, instead of facing the Philippines giants – Global.
‘Global is one solid team, and that is the reason they are in the semi-finals of the AFC Cup. It is actually going to be tough, but we got a plan and will prepare ourselves well”, said Hasrin.
The ex-Singapore International added, ““With Global set to face Home United in AFC, I will take this as a blessing in disguise and watch them closely. Nevertheless, it is a cup competition so the boys will go all guns blazing for a victory and definitely play offensive attacking football, to win something for the season.”
*Photos Courtesy of Today Sports