Young Lions face tough return to Singapore Cup

The Young Lions make their return to the tournament after choosing to sit it out for the last two years but they will face Ceres La Salle…

Garena Young Lions will return to the RHB Singapore Cup after a two-year absence and will face Philippines side Ceres La Salle.

Two other foreign teams, Nagaworld FC and Global FC (Philippines), will also participate in the competition.

It will not be an easy tie for the Young Lions, considering Ceres are playing in the AFC Cup and they recently trumped Tampines Rovers 2-1 in a group game.

While their task will not be easy to overcome, Young Lions' current top-scorer Fareez Farhan believes it will be a good challenge for his young teammates.

"It is a good tournament where there are foreign teams participating in the tournament and Hougang lost the first round game to Global FC if I'm not wrong," the 24-year-old told FourFourTwo.

"It's always going to be a difficult game to play against Ceres who beat Tampines, but it's a Cup game and anything can happen during a Cup game... even the underdogs can cause an upset."

Nagaworld and Global were drawn to together, while Geylang International will play Warriors FC in the preliminary round.

Last season’s losing finalists Home United will not have it easy either, as they take on this year’s S.League surprise package Hougang United.

Defending champions Albirex Niigata (S), S.League champions Brunei DPMM and Balestier Khalsa all await the winners of the preliminary round in the quarter-finals.

Albirex will face the winners of the Geylang-Warriors fixture while Balestier will face either Home or Hougang.

Tampines will get to play a foreign team as they face the victors from the Nagaworld-Global game while DPMM will play the winners of the Young Lions-Ceres encounter.

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