DPMM FC have been drawn against Global FC of the Philippines in Group B in the first round of the Singapore Cup later this month.
Revenge will surely be on the minds of the Brunei side after they were knocked out 5-4 on aggregate by the same opponents in the quarter-finals last year.
Brunei's only professional football team fell 1-0 in the first leg after a 96th minute goal by Spanish forward Rufino Sanchez.
DPMM FC fought back from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 against Global in the second leg but it was not enough to see them progress in the competition.
DPMM FC captain Rosmin Hj Md Kamis remembers their campaign last year and is hoping that things will take a turn for the better for this edition.
"It is a tough draw since we have to play Global once again," he said.
"We have never advanced to the semi-finals of the competition and I really hope that things will be different this year," said Rosmin in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.
Defending champions and six-time winners Home United, who defeated Tanjong Pagar 4-1 in the final last year, will open their title defence against Cambodia's Nagacorp FC in the same group.
The other matchups in the group will see another Filipino side Loyola Mercalco Sparks FC go up against SHB Champasak FC of Laos while Svay Rieng of Cambodia play Albirex Niigata.
Over in Group A, Harimau Muda (the Malaysia national Under-21 football team) will take on Tampines Rovers while Woodlands Wellington have been drawn against Geylang International FC.
Tanjong Pagar United FC and Hougang United FC will do battle while Warriors FC will take on Balestier Khalsa FC in the other matchup.
The winners of the Singapore Cup will go on to represent Singapore in the AFC Cup the following season.
The preliminary group stages will be contested from May 25 to June 1, though the Singapore League (S-League) has yet to announce details on date and venues.
DPMM FC are in good form and currently lead the 12-team Singapore League (S-League) with 25 points from 10 games.