Pahang and ATM will both have their work cut out if they are to progress from the first round of the Malaysia FA Cup after being handed tough tests in Friday’s draw.
As reigning Malaysia Cup champions, Pahang will be expected to mount a challenge for next season’s FA Cup but will have to get past Perak if they are to continue on to the Round of 16.
Tok Gajah were on the losing end in both their meetings against Seladang last term, falling to a 1-0 defeat in February courtesy of a Jalaluddin Jaafar own-goal, before being beaten 2-1 at the Darulmakmur Stadium in June.
Like Pahang, ATM have also been tipped to be a major challenger for silverware in 2014 but their first test will be newly-promoted Sime Darby.
Sime Darby sealed their return to the top flight after finishing second in the Premier League, four points behind champions Sarawak.
They followed that up with an impressive run in the Malaysia Cup, where they qualified for the knockout round after finishing second in Group A ahead of Johor and Selangor, before being eliminated by Sarawak in the quarter-finals.
ATM, who were also in Sime Darby’s group, failed to beat them in both meetings; losing 4-3 in a real thriller at the Majlis Perbandaran Selayang Stadium on the opening match-day, before being held to a 1-1 draw.
Elsewhere, reigning Super League champions LIONSXII have a good chance of avoiding a repeat of this year’s first-round exit after being drawn against DRB-Hicom, while Harimau Muda C have been handed a tough debut in the competition against Selangor.
Other notable ties see PKNS FC take on Johor, Sarawak face Penang, while Negeri Sembilan and FELDA United lock horns in the battle of the relegated sides.
Defending champions Kelantan and runners up Darul Takzim have both been given byes and will enter the competition at the last-16 stage.
2014 Malaysia FA Cup First Round Fixtures
PBAPP vs Cebagoo
Malacca vs Perlis
Negeri Sembilan vs FELDA United
Kuala Lumpur vs Kedah
PDRM vs SPA FC
T-Team vs UiTM
PKNS FC v Johor
Terengganu vs Shahzan Muda
Sabah vs Kuantan
ATM vs Sime Darby
Sarawak vs Penang
Pahang vs Perak
LIONSXII vs DRB-Hicom
Selangor vs Harimau Muda C