KUALA LUMPUR – Defending champions Kedah are in a comfortable position to reach the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Cup after getting an easy draw in the country’s oldest football tournament.
In the draw conducted at Sri Pentas, Bandar Utama, near here, yesterday evening, the Red Eagles were grouped with Melaka United and UiTM FC, and Kelantan in Group C.
Pahang also got an easy draw in Group A with T-Team and Premier League side PKNP FC, however, they are expected to face stiff challenge from three-time champions Negeri Sembilan.
Meanwhile, 33-time champions Selangor were drawn into the group of death (Group D) with Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim, 2001 champions Terengganu and 1999 runners-up Sarawak.
Group B, on the other hand, has Perak, Felda United, PKNS FC and Kuala Lumpur all with equal chances to qualify for the quarter-finals.
The Malaysia Cup group stage is scheduled to take place from July 4 to Aug 9 followed by the quarter-finals to be played in a two-legged format on Sept 8 and 9; and Sept 15 and 16 respectively.
The Super League’s top 11 teams and top five from the Premier League after 11 league games this season qualified for the tournament.