By Gabriel TanFollow @@gabetan13
The reigning United Football League (UFL) champions will follow in the footsteps of domestic rivals Loyola Meralco Sparks when they take to the field at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium this weekend, becoming the second side from Philippines to play in Singapore's premier cup competition.
They have not been handed the easiest of tasks however after being drawn against the defending champions, who are also Singapore's most-successful club with eight Great Eastern-YEO's S.League titles and four Singapore Cups to their name, although the Warriors have struggled for form this season.
And having seen Loyola make an impressive charge to the semi-finals in their maiden campaign last season, Global owner Dan Palami is hoping his side can go one better even though he admits it will not be easy against Warriors.
"We want to reach the final, of course, and hopefully win the championship," he told FOX Sports. "It's going to be a very difficult task but if we have to set a goal then we'll set it high.
"As the owner of the club, I'm very excited to be part of the tournament. It's a gathering of the best football clubs in Southeast Asia and we look forward to be part of it; to test the Warriors and see how far Philippine football has come and just to see how well Global can perform at this level.
"I'd like to think we're ready for this tournament. It's unfortunate, of course, that the luck of the draw has pitted us against the defending champions and one of the best and most successful clubs in Singapore.
"But we'll just have to rise to the challenge and hopefully we get through to the quarter-finals."
Although Global were pipped by Loyola in becoming the first Philippine side to play in the Singapore Cup, they claimed their own slice of history earlier this year when they represented the country on the continental stage for the first time, qualifying but ultimately bowing out at the group stage of the AFC President's Cup.
But despite the obvious disappointment that came with the elimination, which was sealed with defeats to KRL and Dordoi Bishkek after an opening win against Yeedzin, Palami believes his side can take valuable lessons into their Singapore Cup campaign.
"We got to know where our weaknesses were in terms of being successful in an international tournament," he added. "I think the coach has been addressing that situation.
"In fact, that's the reason why we brought in a striker who could give us some threat up top."
The striker Palami was referring to was Englishman Jordan Robertson, who began his career at Sheffield United and is set to lead the line in the absence of Sudanese star Izzeldin Elhabbib, who has not been registered for the competition due to difficulties in getting a visa to enter Singapore.
And while Elhabbib's absence leaves big boots to fill, Global coach Brian Reid has backed his new spearhead to deliver against the Warriors.
"I certainly hope so," he replied, when asked if Robertson could be the man to fire them to victory.
"It's always a risky one when you bring players in for the first game; they've only just trained for maybe a week or so and you don't know how well they'll gel with the team and stuff like that. That's always going to be a slight worry - I'm not going to lie about that.
"Obviously, Izo [Elhabbib] has been a big player with us but with Jordan's experience - he's played at a good level and he's a big, strong lad - hopefully he'll come in and perform, and contribute to a good result for us."
The Scot, who last managed at Ayr United, has only been in Philippines for a relatively short spell of time having taken over at Global earlier this year, but already is looking forward to help develop football in the country.
And he believes having clubs like Global and Loyola playing in an overseas tournament like the Singapore Cup can only be a good thing for the growth of Philippine football.
"We're very happy to be here," Reid added. "It's a good tournament for us and it's our first time; that's why we're looking forward to it.
"It's a bit of an unknown for us and obviously Philippine football is still developing and expanding, so these things are good for the future of both the club and the country. Tournaments like this certainly provide valuable experience and hopefully it improves with each passing year.
"I stressed to the players earlier that if you want to play at a top level these are tournaments you look forward to; big tournaments like the President's Cup.
"We only play 18 games in the league season, which is a lot less than they do in Europe - some European leagues play 36 or 38 games and that's not including cup games. Last season I was with Ayr United and we played over 50 games.
"The more successful you are and the more experience you want to get, you have to play in these games, so it can only be beneficial because that experience is invaluable for players."
Global are also currently in the hunt to retain the UFL title and are two points behind leaders Stallion with a game in hand after beating their challengers 2-1 on Tuesday.
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