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Big boys separated in opening round of 2018 Malaysia FA Cup

03:52 GMT 06/02/2018
Kedah's Bang Seung Hwan (left) tries to get past Negeri Sembilan's Afiq Azmi 28/8/2016
Reigning champions Kedah were handed a tougher draw than expected for the 2018 FA Cup, with everyone else facing teams from lower division.

The first trophy on offer for the season and the one which secures the champions a route into the 2019 AFC Cup.

Kedah won the 2017 FA Cup, defeating Pahang in the final but they were handed a comparatively tougher draw than 10 other teams in the Super League this season.

While all the other MSL teams were getting either Premier League sides or amateur sides, Kedah and Negeri Sembilan will be the only all Super League clash in Round Two.

Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) will have to go away to Sabah, Perak host Sarawak and Pahang travelling to play ATM are just some of the other notable fixtures.

This year sees the inclusion of amateur teams into the competition and they will be competing in Round One whereas the next round sees the inclusion of Super League sides.

The draw in full;

Round 1

Selangor United v Southern FC
Terengganu City FC v Jerantut FA
Axis O2 FC v SRCC Kuala Kangsar
PJ Rangers v MD Jempol
Kuching FA v Real Chukai FC
Shahzan Muda FC v PIB FC
Invictus FC v Hanelang FC

Round 2

Kelantan v Terengganu City FC/Jerantut FA
PKNS FC v Invictus FC/Hanelang FC
Kuantan FA v Axis O2 FC/SRCC Kuala Kangsar
Kedah v Negeri Sembilan
UiTM FC v Perlis
ATM v Pahang
Shahzan Muda FC/PIB FC v PKNP FC
PJ Rangers FC/ MD Jempol v Terengganu FC
PDRM v Penang
Sabah v Johor Darul Ta'zim
Selangor United/Southern FC v Melaka United
Kuala Lumpur v Kuching FA/Real Chukai FC
MOF FC/CNA FC v Selangor
Felcra FC v Felda United FC
Perak v Sarawak