GLOBAL seems to attract the toughest opponents in international competitions.
After drawing former champion Dordoi Bishkek, among other teams, in the Asian Football Confederation President’s Cup slated in the second week of May, the reigning United Football League champion has been tasked to play defending titlist Warriors FC in Singapore Cup two weeks later.
Loyola Meralco, on the other hand, is set to take on a relatively lighter foe in Harimau Muda.
The opponents of the the UFL heavyweights were determined during the preliminary round draw held on Sunday in Singapore.
Global is seeing action in its first stint in the knockout invitational tournament, while the Sparks will be in their second appearance after finishing fourth last year.
Like Global, the Warriors have several Singapore national team members in their fold, among them Daniel Bennett, Shi Jiayi, Hyrulnizam Juma'at, Sufian Anuar, Erwan Gunawan and Hassan Sunny, along with a bunch of Japanese, Bosnian, and Croatian recruits.
The Sparks are set to face a younger Harimau Muda side, composed mostly of 19-and-under Malaysian team booters.