Bacina sets cup final target for Tampines

Nenad Bacina has set a second straight final appearance as the target for his Tampines Rovers side to meet in this year's RHB Singapore Cup.

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The Stags, who won the Great Eastern-YEO's S.League title in 2012, narrowly missed out on the double after losing to Warriors FC, then known as SAFFC, 2-1 in the final.

Nonetheless, Tampines have once again begun the current campaign in dominant form and have picked up wins in all six of their opening league games, and Bacina hopes they can take this good form into the Singapore Cup when it begins at the end of next month.

"Of course we're in it to win it," he told FOX Sports. "In every competition we take part in, we try to do our best.

"We are aware that we made the final last year so, at the very least, that is what we want to achieve this year - reaching the final again."

The draw for the opening round for the tournament was made on Sunday evening and plenty of eyebrows were raised after Tampines were drawn against Hougang United, the side Bacina left to take over at the Clementi Stadium in the off-season.

Although the Croat's former side are currently struggling, he believes they cannot be taken lightly.

"It [the opening round] is against Hougang, my former team, and we're expecting an exciting game because this is a cup competition," Bacina explained.

"All the teams, including the foreign teams, are looking forward to this as it is an opportunity to upset a big team. Hopefully, we'll be well prepared for this game as it won't be easy.

"Like I said, this is an opportunity for the smaller clubs to give themselves exposure and we'll try to do our best to enter the second round."

Tampines are also participating in the AFC Cup although their hopes of reaching the Round of 16 appear all but over as they are six points behind second place Saigon Xuan Thanh in Group H with only two games remaining.

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