Malaysian Super League champions will also meet Perak and Sarawak in Group D.
Lions XII will begin their quest to lift the Malaysia Cup against domestic rivals side Kedah at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 20.
The Singapore-based club were crowned Malaysian Super League Champions in July and now have their sights firmly on completing the double, while becoming the first team from their country to achieve that feat since 1994.
V. Sundramoorthy’s side also face domestic rivals Perak and Sarawak in Group D during a packed schedule that will see them contest four matches in 11 days before a brief interlude at the end of the month and the coach is hoping his side will be quick off the starting block.
“It’s important to start off any tournament with a win, so it’s good that we play at home first,” Sundramoorthy told The New Paper.
Lions came agonisingly close to reaching the final last year only to fall at the final hurdle after Marlon Alex James’s last gasp equaliser for ATM forced extra time in the semi-final second leg.
Failing to win the game during the additional 30 minutes of play it was penalties that proved their undoing as they crumbled under the pressure as they lost 5-4.