By FOX Sports staff
The League Cup, which has been in existence in Singapore football since 2007, will have a new twist this year after it emerged that a side from the NFL - the country's top amateur league - will be granted a berth in the group stage.
It was Admiralty who grabbed that coveted spot on Sunday as they beat Singapore Recreation Club (SRC) 3-1 in the final at the Jalan Besar Stadium, and just moments later, they were drawn alongside traditional heavyweights Home United, 2013 surprise package Woodlands Wellington and Harimau Muda - the Malaysian Under-19 side - in Group A.
Admiralty coach Rozaidi is aware of the challenge that lies ahead of his charges but is backing them to make the most of the opportunity that lies ahead.
"We are very grateful that the National Football League teams were given an opportunity to qualify for this year's Starhub League Cup," he said.
"It provides a platform to showcase that the teams in the NFL are capable of and also provides a chance for the players, who have always wanted to play in the S.League, to be seen by the football fraternity.
"We know that going up against the S.League teams will not be easy, but nonetheless, we will play as a unit and try our very best in the competition."
Defending champions DPMM FC are in Group D and will take on Balestier Khalsa and Warriors FC, while 2011 winners Albirex Niigata (S) are in Group C alongside Hougang United and Geylang International.
Finally, reigning S.League champions Tampines Rovers will lock horns with Courts Young Lions and Tanjong Pagar United in Group B.
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