The draw for the Malaysia Cup 2013 was made at TM Convention Centre this evening. In a ceremony that was broadcasted 'live' over Astro Arena, FAM formally revealed their new main sponsor for the tournament, Watsons the prominent health and beauty store chain in Malaysia.
The draw ceremony, which involved several stars from the Malaysia 1972 Olympic squad including Soh Chin Aun; saw several interesting match-ups.
Group A saw favourites Selangor having the Armed Forces (ATM) as their company. Premier League runners-up, Sime Darby FC was also drawn into the same group together with another Premier League side, Johor FA.
Another Johor side, Darul Takzim FC was picked out to head Group B. The Southern Tigers will have Premier League champions, Sarawak as company with northern sides Perak and Kedah completing the group.
Three east coast sides were drawn together in Group C. FA Cup winners, Kelantan will have to negotiate their way past neighbouring Terengganu and Pahang as well as Negeri Sembilan in order to get out from this group.
Perhaps for the first time in history, a group made up of all club sides was drawn with Lions XII, PKNS FC, T-Team Titans and Felda United were grouped in Group D.
The first round of matches are scheduled for Tuesday, 20 August with the final to be held at Stadium Nasional on 3 November.