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Ceres battles Young Lions

Defending United Football League champion Ceres-La Salle is set to contend in another international competition by competing in the Singapore Cup slated next week at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.

The Busmen are slated to face Young Lions, a team composed of Singapore’s national U-23 players, in the preliminary round of Singapore’s annual cup competition on May 29 for a spot in the two-legged quarterfinals.

Ceres won’t be the lone Philippine squad in the tournament as chief rival and UFL Cup champion Global is slated to face Cambodia’s Nagaworld on May 28 at the same venue.

Playing for the first time in the Singapore Cup, Ceres’ match with Young Lions will be held five days after its match with Hong Kong’s South China in the round of 16 of the AFC Cup in Bacolod City.

Global, which currently leads the UFL league, reached the semifinals last year but lost to eventual champion Albirex Niigata, 3-1, on aggregate.

It will be the fifth straight year that at least one Filipino club has been invited to play in the Singapore Cup.

The Loyola Meralco Sparks played from 2012 to 2014, reaching the semifinals in the first year, while Global has been a regular participant since 2013.