The Malaysian Super League champions are likely to be favourites to win the tournament.
Lions XII head coach V. Sundramoorthy isn’t expecting an easy ride in the Malaysia Cup despite being favourites to triumph in the tournament.
It’s been just three weeks since the Lions were crowned as champions of the 2013 Malaysian Super League but Sundramoorthy is refusing to relent in his preparations for the cup, which kicks-off on 20th August, with the draw for the group stage taking place in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
However, despite their domestic success, the 47-year-old is wary of being overconfident, with his team likely to be viewed as a scalp by their competitors for the trophy.
“We will be labelled as favourites and knowing Malaysian teams, they’ll work their socks off to beat us, so we’ll work as hard as we can during this fasting month to keep ourselves fit and sharp,” he told The New Paper.
“I told the boys that we must put the MSL victory aside, go back to the drawing board and work hard to achieve the next target, because the Malaysia Cup is a whole different ball game.”
Lions will be only the second Singaporean club to compete in the Malaysia Cup and will hope to emulate their 1994 counterparts by doing the league and cup double.