Football: Tampines to make AFC Champions League bow as S'pore is granted play-off slot

Tampines Rovers celebrate their third S-League title in three years on Oct 26, 2013. Tampines Rovers are set to make their AFC Champions League bow next season, ending Singapore clubs' three-year wait to return to Asia's elite. -- TNP FILE PHOTO
Tampines Rovers celebrate their third S-League title in three years on Oct 26, 2013. Tampines Rovers are set to make their AFC Champions League bow next season, ending Singapore clubs' three-year wait to return to Asia's elite. -- TNP FILE PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Tampines Rovers are set to make their AFC Champions League bow next season, ending Singapore clubs' three-year wait to return to Asia's elite.

This, after it was announced on Tuesday evening that the Republic has been awarded a play-off spot in the 2014 edition, which kicks off in February.

As the S-League champions, Tampines will come up against two sides from Thailand and one apiece from China, Australia, Hong Kong and Vietnam for two spots in the main draw.

Should they reach the group stage, the Stags will be Singapore's first Champions League representatives since Singapore Armed Forces FC (now known as Warriors FC) in 2009 and 2010.