RHB SINGAPORE CUP DRAW 2016
By Kevin Prasad on 25 April 2016
Eagles Drawn Against Rhinos In RHB Singapore Cup 2016
Geylang International FC will host uniformed outfit, Warriors FC at the Bedok Stadium, in the ‘Preliminary Round’ of the coveted RHB Singapore Cup 2016.
The ‘RHB Singapore Cup 2016 Draw’, was conducted in the morning of 24th April 2016 at Connaught Drive with the Padang and Esplanade Park in the Civic District providing a picturesque backdrop.
Minister for Communications and Information Dr Yaacob Ibrahim attended the event as Guest-of-Honour, and participated in a mass warm-up with the participants before unveiling the RHB Singapore Cup trophy.
The much sought after RHB draw, was greeted by many fans and local public alike whom had the chance to mingle and take pictures with the S.League players from various clubs.
Over 250 people were present to not only witness the much anticipated draw, but also catch a glimpse of ‘future stars’ representing their respective S.League clubs’ academies and foreign clubs in the RHB Singapore Cup Kids’ Under-10 football tournament on the street soccer court, built specially for the event
This year, all nine S.League teams, alongside three invitational clubs will participate and compete in the top domestic club knockout competition for the desirable ‘RHB Singapore Cup’ trophy.
For this year’s edition, the three invitational teams are, Global FC (Philippines), Ceres La Salle (Philippines) and Nagaworld FC (Cambodia).
They will play in the first round together with non-seeded teams Garena Young Lions, Geylang International FC, Home United FC, Hougang United FC and Warriors FC.
The winners of these matches will then proceed to face the seeded teams – defending RHB Singapore Cup champions Albirex Niigata FC (S), the reigning Great Eastern-Yeo’s S.League champions Brunei DPMM FC, Balestier Khalsa FC and Tampines Rovers FC.
The Singapore Cup runs concurrently with the S.League regular season, with the winners of the Singapore Cup competition going on to represent Singapore in the AFC Cup the following season.
Last season, the Eagles faced Lao Police Club in the preliminary round and advanced with 2-1 score line. Up next in the Quarter-Finals, they faced a resilient Global FC side and unfortunately, the Eagles bowed out of the tournament, after the two-legged fixtures concluded at 2-4, on aggregate.
This year, the revamped and rejuvenated Geylang side would be looking to better their previous performance and hopefully clinch the sought-after silverware this season.
According to Eagles’ Head Coach, Hasrin Jailani believes that all teams are equally strong this year, but it is after all a cup competition and one should take it game by game. “We will kick-off our cup journey with Warriors FC. The rivalry is always there and as shown in our earlier (S.League) game with them, it would be an explosive encounter both on and off the pitch.”
The ex-Singapore International added, “It is a cup game so both will go all out to win and definitely play offensive attacking football. The target is certainly do better than last year, but for now, we need to focus one game at a time and first up are the – Rhinos of Warriors FC.”
M1 – Geylang International FC vs Warriors FC
M2 – Home United FC vs Hougang United FC
M3 – Nagaworld FC (Cambodia) vs Global FC (Philippines)
M3 – Ceres La Salle (Philippines) vs Garena Young Lions
Albirex Niigata FC (S) vs Winner of M1
Balestier Khalsa FC vs Winner of M2
Tampines Rovers FC vs Winner of M3
Brunei DPMM FC vs Winner of M4
*Photos Courtesy of Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League & RHB Singapore