Fish Out of Water

-Sengkang Punggol FC Fans' Perspective-

S League Foreign Clubs Walk of Shame

Last evening fracas between Beijing Guo’An Talents & the Young Lions which resulted in the match being abandoned (with barely minutes to go) just adds on to the well-documented list of how the foreign clubs that were invited to our local league were more of a bane rather than benefit.

Before I begin, we must honor the only real consummate model among the ragtag crew of foreign teams since their inception back in 2003, Albirex Niigata (S).
The Jurong East-based satellite team of the J League outfit had embraced their role as an invited team with professionalism and manner second to none as compared to the other foreign sides from past & present.
Their modus operandi had always been cultivating players for the parent team back in Japan, however the squads over the years had featured seasoned professionals playing in various levels of football there as well.
Despite results not going their way for the past few seasons in the league, they still took it in their stride and channel their best for all facets of the local game, with their appearance in the semi final of the 2009 Singapore Cup as a testament.
Over the years they had given the local game with some luminaries like Kenji Arai, Issey Nakajima, Hidetoshi Wakui, Norio Takahashi, Tetsuya Okayama, Akira Takase, Hiroyuki Yamamoto, Kenji Adachihara, Taisuke Akiyoshi et al.
The White Swans had also contributed to the local Japanese community and even create a niche in the neighborhood where they are based (with a hawker store no less).

It does not take much to reciprocate what Albirex had done for the past 6 years, but the following list of clubs turned out to appear in the local media for the wrong reason somehow:

*Edited with the aftermath of the disciplinary hearing of the brawl between Beijing Guoan Talents & Young Lions

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September 21, 2010 Posted by | General Singapore Football, Historical Event, Rant, S League | 5 Comments

2010 Mid Term Statistics

Just dishing out some stats of our team of the past 4 months or so:
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June 9, 2010 Posted by | Rant, Sengkang Punggol | 1 Comment

Mid-season Transfer News (Season 2010)

Even before the transfer window opens the management of Sengkang Punggol FC has already began handing out pink slips. No surprises given how atrociously the team underperformed after the League Cup exploits. With only one win and one draw to show from ten matches, even the least ambitious team would know that changes is inevitable.

But with so many obvious candidates primed for the chop, the last person I could possibly imagine leaving is MURPHY WIREDU.

An omni-presence regardless of his position on the pitch, the drive and commitment he displayed has always been second to none. Be it a marauding winger tearing down the opposition flanks, a goalscoring forward with solid returns or a defensive rock he has always performed well, or at the very least to the best of his ability. The wondrous Zidane-esque volley against Young Lions is already tattooed in my head as one of the best goals. Ever. That goal deserves a bigger and better stage.

“Many many thanks to my spfc mates, many thanks to all da fans best wishes…cheers”

And with that well wishes the best performing Dolphin for the past one and a half season, and my Player of the Year last year, is gone.

All the best in your future endeavors, Murphy. You’ve been great.

Fret not, better things await.

Now let’s see if his replacement measures up.

June 5, 2010 Posted by | Rant, Sengkang Punggol, Transfer News | 20 Comments

Refereeing in Local Game hitting Dire Straits

Note: This article is created due to the intense frustration building up within the author in recent time. It is by no mean a personal attack on anyone and view can be subjective, so do take it with a pinch of salt if you think the author is blabbering rubbish.

Zaid Hussein, K. Kalimuthu, Abas Daud, Muhd Taqi, Sukhbir Singh, Leow Thiam Hoe and to some extent, assistant referees or old-schoolers known as linesmen Andrew Kee, Lim Kok Heng, Jeffrey Low and that Indian linesman in the match against DPMM last season at Hougang Stadium (which I would know if not for the match details of the 2009 season conveniently disappeared from S R Ravichandran (thanks to Henryo’s find).
This hefty list of officials had been earmarked over the course of a season and a month since this season began for their sub-standard level of refereeing which affected the progress of our club one way or another.

The signs are definitely foreboding and it need not to written in the Mayan calendar that the level of officiating in the local game had hit an all time low.

It was one of the reason Noh Alam Shah brought out in his snipe before departing to Arema last season on how he and his team had been victimized. I believed DPMM and to some extent Gombak United & DPMM could support the claim due to the physical style of their game.
Of course our side was shrouded with the “big club-small club” prejudice that I am still gathering evidence of along the way.

Add the theatrical golden boys of local football now, Etoile FC in to the mix, a lot more of the officiating controversies definitely look to sweep the local game like tsunami waves in the near future.

The chronic issue now is that local referees tend to make poor calls or tends to hinder the flow of the game as stated by a renowned commentator cum director of a local sporting event group.
It can be shown that quite a number of referees lacked fitness or at least awareness as they tend to miss out on crucial gameplays.
This is where the linesmen and fourth official came to play.
They had to keep an eagle-eye to ensure no unsavory incidence slip through their attention especially when the referee is preoccupied with thoughts of spending their day’s earning on another round of beer.
However in local game the 4th man tends to care more about keeping the coaches from the stipulated distance from the sidelines while the linesmen with Mr Lim Kok Heng from the game on Sunday for example, just could not be sure of what call they should make.
As mentioned previously the referee of the day Sukhbir Singh consistently override his call and I can understand why he did that, because he had no faith with his linesman apparently.

I read on a facebook account created for the referee association of Singapore in how to sharpen their skills and not become the laughing stock to viewers both local and the expatriates (whom constantly rib at the excruciating level of officiating they had witnessed).

I know it is never easy being the man who make or break a football match and takes a lot to render your service for the good of the local game.
I truly hope this malaise can be alleviated but like many I have no possible solution.
Importing foreign referees is perhaps the most absurd solution being addressed but it was definitely at the tip of the tongue of every keen supporter of the league.

It would be great to one day watch a game without someone from the stands shouting “referee kayu!”
Unless it had conditioned in us to just vent our frustration on the man in black (or green or yellow) somehow.

March 9, 2010 Posted by | General Singapore Football, Rant | 20 Comments


It was frequent to hear one local football supporter lambasting another supporter after the latter claimed that he/she found the journey to a particular stadium on the island a daunting prospect.
It might be true that Singapore is afterall only 23 by 42 km in dimension and with our “world class” transport network which provide extensive coverage to every corner of the island nation, it is at most an hour or two ride away.
Easier said than done especially after a hard day work, with the prospect of another long day slogging away on the following day, all you wish to do would be reaching home as soon as you could.
Therefore there are some stadiums which host the S League games (present and past) that deterred me from making frequent trips to:
Yishun Stadium
Home of Beijing Guo’An, previously Super Reds, Sporting Afrique and Sembawang Rangers
Last visit: June 2009
This stadium is barely 2 km from my home yet I had been there for a S League match once for all I could remember as I had no inclination to the heydays of the stout Stallions while neither of Collin Chee’s bullied Africans nor generic Koreans or Chinese piqued my interest.
The rejuvenated stadium which required a hefty walk from Khatib MRT station had saw tenants changing so frequently, the groundsmen must be bewildered on what languages that need to use to speak to their multi-national occupants.
You can still spot former Super Reds’ keeper Kang Su Ho on the board just outside the stadium despite the demise of Charlie Yoon’s project.
With the combined detest for Chinese sides and the fracas of how they force a likely local side out of business, I doubt many would dropby Yishun Stadium this season.

Won't see Super Reds at Yishun Stadium no more

Hougang Stadium
Home of Sengkang Punggol and its various previous incarnations
Last visit: Just last week
A comfortable direct bus ride from home for me to this dilapidated relic of a stadium.
There was a looming curse which affixed itself with the tenants since the Marine Castle days but somehow Hougang and surrounding Serangoon and Kovan proved to be a good catchment area for keen S league viewers.
The closest MRT station was Hougang which required a good 15 minutes stroll, not the most conducive when you are rushing for time but Hougang central does provide a good source of a quick dinner.
Woodlands Stadium
Home of Woodlands Wellington
Last visit: Never been before
Strangely I had yet been to Woodlands Stadium despite being a frequent patron to Causeway Point which was a good 15 minutes walk away.
Perhaps the stadium which you can visibly see the action from the MRT tracks, some of the sponsorship boards in the stadium is fading but the enthusiasim of the die hard fans is not.
Might try to head down to this old school stadium sometime this season.
Tampines Stadium
Home of Tampines Rovers
Last visit: May 2009
Thank goodness for Tampines Expressway, it only takes a good 20 minutes from Yishun to Tampines Central via a bus ride.
The eastern-based town is a well populated one and a business and shopping hub on its own which attract a lot of human traffic, therefore it was not an arduous feat for Tampines Rovers to attract a cluster of supporters especially when their football is a joy to watch.
However the last few visits to Tampines Stadium had not been heart-warming for a Sengkang Punggol fan like myself as the team consistently lost under acrimonious circumstances, however this is one stadium I wouldn’t mind visiting again soon.

Storm is always brewing at Tampines Stadium

Bishan Stadium
Home of Home United (returning in 2011)
Last visit: sometime in 2000?
Bishan Stadium was a pride and joy of Singapore Sports Council as it was elected as the ground for track and field events for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games to be held in Singapore in September.
This is a really nice stadium which ardent fans of Home United could vouch and yearning to return after an unwanted stint at obscure Clementi Stadium.
Being there to catch Marine Castle losing to a good Home United side early this decade and would love to return in due time especially with Bishan MRT station a stone throw away and Bishan Junction 8 a bustling place for food.
Toa Payoh Stadium
Home of Balestier Khalsa, formerly of Balestier Central
Last visit: June 2009
I remembered being barred from entering in the formative S League years in a match between Balestier United and a strong Geylang United side featuring Fandi Ahmad, David Lee and 2 World Cup-bound Iranians.
Since then I had not visit the stadium which was located at the fringe of Toa Payoh Central till last year and after which I do not really look forward to another visit to be truthful.
The stadium like Hougang and Bedok belonged to the last century and perhaps fitful for a struggling side like the Tigers.
Jurong East Stadium
Home of Albirex Niigata, formerly of Jurong FC (?)
Last visit: June 2009
One of the two real football stadiums in Singapore (i.e. no running tracks) which was well maintained by the most dedicated and professional foreign side participating in the S League.
I remembered the old Jurong Stadium where Jurong FC plied their trade had rather choppy pitch which became a swamp during the rainy season but the renovation really improve the playing condition.
The close proximity to play on the open air terrace was a thrilling experience.
However like many of its contemporary, you will need to prepare to walk a good 10 minutes from the nearest MRT station (Chinese Garden Station).
Having meals should not be a problem with nearby hawker center and kopitiams including one with a  close Albirex association. If not you can always have Japanese style riceball or fried rice from the club booths.

No need to wear a watch at Jurong East Stadium

Jalan Besar Stadium
Home of Young Lions, formerly of Police FC
Last visit: 2 days ago
I still remembered vividly the time I shook the hand of the late Alan Ball, former Manchester City gaffer and England World Cup player, at the old school JBS before the refurbish project at the classic football ground at Tywhitt Road.
The most recognizable stadium for seasoned S League match viewers, even from the TV is a nice cozy stadium and highly accessible from Lavender MRT station.
The toilets and well maintained and plenty of little bites and beverages on offer if you actually is that desperate for it; however with food so scarce within the vicinity, you just might need to go for the diluted Bandung drinks and shoddy burgers.
Queenstown Stadium
Home of Etoile, formerly of Tiong Bahru, Sinchi, Liaoning and Dalian
Last visit: Never been before
I never had the chance to see the Jaguars in action, perhaps Queenstown was a distant too far to covered for me and my chums in the younger days.
Then came the rotating Chinese sides which really do not deserve my attendance. However with the French connection this season, I might just check out the ancient stadium with those awkward pillars everyone been talking about.
The nearest MRT station, Queenstown is just 5 minutes walk away which makes it no more than 15 minutes from my workplace.
Bukit Gombak Stadium
Formerly home of Gombak United
Last visit: Might be in 1997
I still remember watching the likes of Toh Choon Ming, Fahmie Abdullah, Jorg Steinbrunner and Conde in action at Bukit Gombak Stadium in front of the scenic backdrop of the Little Guilin.
This stadium definitely has to be the closest to a MRT station but ceased its operation to support a S League team once took over by the Singapore Athletic Association.
Choa Chu Kang Stadium
Home of SAFFC
Last visit: January 2009
The daunting Colosseum which was the home for the Warriors really has an impressive spectators’ terrace (together with Yishun and Jurong West), however the restriction for open air terrace somehow thwarted the viewing pleasure.
You need to take a short bus ride from Choa Chu Kang MRT station and the bus does come in regular intervals, otherwise you can walk a considerable distance from Yew Tee MRT station.
Most probably will attend Sengkang Punggol’s away match there, in view of hoping for the best result for my team.
Jurong West Stadium
Home of Gombak United
Last visit: May 2009
Situated in the sprawling Western town, the grand stadium which was a 10 minutes walk from Pioneer MRT station looks to be a fantastic footballing ground, only let down by the obscure location.
A trip home via the train will take up to close to an hour or so for me and unless you are willing to splurge on some mediocre Japanese food, there is basically no real place for a small bite in the sporting complex unless you want some poor food substitutes from 7-11.

Pioneer Station. Just be glad it is not Joo Koon

Bedok Stadium
Home of Geylang United
Last visit: May 2009
Geylang United is a club honing on past glory and somehow their home ground of Bedok Stadium looked to stuck with them in their illustrious history.
Miserable pitch and the location not entirely close to Bedok MRT station, this is a stadium I will try to stay away as much as possible, much like Toa Payoh Stadium.
Clementi Stadium
Home of Home United (till 2011), formerly of Clementi Khalsa
Last visit: 2000 (?)
This bloody excuse of a sporting ground has to be the most inaccessible of all.
The nearest MRT station, Clementi is located like 5 km away and you had to cross the entire Clementi central before sauntering past a few blocks of flat, then an overhead bridge overseeing Ayer Rajar Expressway, make a big loop before you can see the ticket counter.
The best way would be taking a bus from Jurong East bus interchange to AYE and then cross the bridge.
The appalling attendance of Home United’s home game last season does not lie as people just not keen enough to make so much effort to see Shi Jiayi’s hideous hairstyle.

February 19, 2010 Posted by | General Singapore Football, Nostalgia, Rant | 6 Comments

A League not of Our Own

So we all know FAS’ decision for the final 2 teams for the 2010 S League season which kicks of in less than 11 days: French coalition Etoile FC (which means Star in French) and the satellite team for Chinese Super League side Beijing Guo’an.

Of course this set off the fuse awaiting to explode into the usual 3 seconds shenanigans within the online fraternity, some of which suddenly popped out from nowhere and became a band of staunch lobbyist for the introduction of the Yishun Super Reds.
The same motley crew may be baffled if I asked them what are the names of the regular backline for the Korean side last season.

Anyway I had stated my preference for another local team and under the sound tutelage of chairman Charlie Yoon who on more than one occasion stated his dedication to the club he helped foster since 2007.
Despite laying out an elaborate plan and garner the backing of a member of parliament, it looked a lost cause since day one when the dogmatic echelons in the Tywhitt Road offices who had been delaying the deadline for the submission of the proposal for admission into the S League, just to accommodate Beijing Guo’An while the Super Reds look all set and ready with their squad, rolled out a training schedule which ran at twice daily and let their football do the talking in a couple of pre-season friendly matches.

Personally I viewed Etoile and Beijinig as glorified version of Sporting Afrique and Liaoning/Dalian respectively.
In both cases, the fate of the teams ended with a sour note with their participation blew up badly in the awry faces of the organizers.
Of course, it might not turn out as bad despite the ominous signs but one thing is for sure the local fans are not as forgetful as the authority thought they would be.

It is true that we have to add a tinge of competitiveness into our budding (yes 14 years on, and we are still budding) league.
Super Reds with only 4 notable South Korean players and an agglutination of local players who are either past their prime or just aren’t ready to make the cut in other S League teams, looks like a cannon fodder but no one gave them a chance to compete.
They might appear to be contented for the lower half league with the likes of Sengkang Punggol, Balestier and Woodlands but nothing is predictable in football unless we are talking about Michael Vana, ex Liaoning coach and players as well as a former head coach of Paya Lebar Punggol.
Both Etoile (which features players who dwindled in the third tier of the French football leagues) and the young talents from Beijing might struggle for the initial stage for sure and might not explode into the scene like what DPMM had done in 2009.

Gathering local support for both Etoile and Beijing would be arduous.
In the past Dalian and Super Reds’ matches are forgettable because I cannot associate myself with the generic Chinese and Korean players.
I am sure France being a cosmopolitan nation with a deep African ethnicity might grant Etoile FC as less forgettable but I am sure no one really gives a hoot about those Chinese aside for a handful of foreign construction workers as verified from attending live matches involving Dalian Shide in 2008.

There had been an uproar in the local forum and the appeal to boycott the S League because of FAS’ “folly” decision, but in truth, even without the boycott, attendance for the league has been dwindling as fairweather fans including myself could not bother to catch at least a quarter of the live matches.
It was definite that FAS cares little to alleviate the attendance problem but seriously even with aggressive publicity, it will always be an uphill task to woo the local people to hit their scrawny multi-purpose stadiums to watch sub-standard football.
Especially in such arid financial climate when a strong J League is feeling the brunt, money is definite scarce for any extra publicity stunt.

Many were lambasting FAS not not being supportive of nurturing local footballers but the truth is local footballers tend to get stagnant and worse still downhill after a while, notwithstanding a handful that have always strive hard to maintain consistency.
Since Fandi Ahmad, I am sure there is not one footballing hero people can relate to and doubt a new messiah would emerge in years to come.
In such a situation where our nation is devoid of an icon, the game will always take a backseat.

Players who we will not see next season in the S League: Azhar Baksin and Razali Johari

I would not say I am particularly anticipating the upcoming S League season with or without Yishun Super Reds; however I would not go as far as saying I would boycott the league.
As long as there is live Friday night football on the telly which is not sleep inducing, I will still catch it.
I might drop by for an occasional match at Hougang Stadium if schedule allows or I am hype for it.

Let’s just hope FAS’ decision would not blow up in their face once again and the new teams can excite us like how 2008 version Super Reds and 2009 version DPMM had done and add a little spice in a league slowly had become less of our own.

January 19, 2010 Posted by | General Singapore Football, Rant, S League 2010 | 10 Comments

Sengkang Punggol FC Club Website Work in Progress, I hope

For the past four days (at least), whenever I googled the Sengkang Punggol website for my daily dose of news, I get redirected to this page.

Sure we can

Either this is an accomplished piece of viral marketing campaign to unveil the club’s new sponsor, or someone’s doing a screwup of a job maintaining the website.

January 11, 2010 Posted by | Rant, Sengkang Punggol | 2 Comments

Thailand 1 : Baihakki 2 : Singapore 1

After a week long of media build up for the crucial Asian Cup qualifying game to be held at Kallang Stadium against our most bitter ASEAN rivals (well Malaysia not in the same league as us for long long time now), there was an air of anticipation for the Lions to do the job at home before taking the driving seat to Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok on Wednesday.

It turned out to be faux pas as the team Raddy selected played second fiddle to a Thai side under Manchester United legend Bryan Robson for the first time.

The final score did reflected the affairs on the pitch as the Thai deserved a win and perhaps by this much of our margin.
As 20000 fans including yours truly showed up for the game, sadly our team did not showed out.

From the word go, our team lack any shape and imaginative going up.
It turned out to be the pattern of our play for the remainder of the game as the players could not string 2 passes together before giving the ball away.
The crossing from the wings especially Ridhuan and Noh Rahman was slipshod while Duric and Noh Alam up front could not trap the ball with a yellow jersey wearing them like a second skin.
John Wilksinson had to drop very deep to dictate play but he and Mustafic were closed down very fast by the Thai midfielders throughout the first period.
In defense only Daniel Bennett and goalkeeper Hassan Sunny worthed a mention as Saiful Esah under the media glare since singlehandedly destroyed Indonesia in the meaningless friendly a week before with his setpieces looked shaken up by the occasion but he was still better than the former Geylang United pair Noh Rahman and Baihakki Khaizan.

Soon to be departing Sengkang Punggol, Noh Rahman gave his future employers a sign of how he had grown stagnant. He is good enough for the S League but on international scene, he was all downhill since valiant display against Lebanon many moons back.
He kept giving balls away and could not cope with the speed of the much older Sutee Suksomkit down the left flank and was the culprit for the first goal with the Japanese referee felt he intentionally put a hand to a ball from a corner which in the first place ought to be avoided. (Okay got enough evidence that Noh Alam was the culprit instead, but that did not take away the blame of Noh Rahman for a rather vapid display)

Then the weakest link of the game Baihakki Khaizan like Ridhuan Muhammad (and maybe the early departed Noh Alam Shah) had shown playing in the Indonesian Super League had done nothing to improve their reputation instead thwarting their game still.
Bai’s poor judgement allowed the Thai to score their second; then he looked marooned in his old world when Sutee beat the offside trap to score the third, by then the stadium looked 1/3 lighter as many disgusted fairweather fans had went for supper and wondered why they bothered spending 6 bucks and 70 minutes of their precious time here.

To add salt to our wound, the scorers for Thai were basically half Singaporean for the time they spent playing football here.
36 year old SAFFC midfield maestro Thersak Chaiman was a shock inclusion in Robson’s squad but he vindicated his inclusion with the second goal.
But it was Sutee Suksomkit who spent like a decade here with Tiong Bahru, Home United and subsequently Tampines Rovers before leaving for A League side Melbourne Victory recently, was the man of the match with his goals, running and constant menace up front as the remaining Thai team weren’t exactly hitting the right gear.

Many spectators were hurling scathing remarks on the Japanese referee but I felt he did a great job handling the game.
He was quick to respond to some fouls which were uncalled for and defuse many situations.
The only problem was that he turned down at least 3 clear cut handballs in the box from the Thai which looked more legitimate than the one awarded against us.
Perhaps he should show Baihakki his second yellow for his clueless lunges the entire evening.

As for the Changsuk, the nickname for the Thai team I was sorely irked by their playacting and time wasting antics on the pitch as they wound down a famous victory at the Ol’ Lady.
They had littered the match with alot of typical cramps and what not, forcing the Lions to break down their play (which was not many to begin with).
Taking 3 goals lead and coasting for the win, they argued incessantly when the referee awarded us a penalty on the blatant foul on Khairul Amri and led by their goalkeeper, they tried to distract Mustafic with delay and theater play.
As the king of ASEAN football (the Vietnamese will object), they should really cut down such acts and show the real side of football in them.

As for the Lions, another despondent display when the odds were stacked on them.
It was true the Thai contingent which accounted to about a thousand or so were in good voice which engulfed the feeble cheering from our own fans but how was we to cheer when there was nothing to cheer about.

It looked palpable that we would need another 4 years to try progressing into Asian Cup and let’s hope deadwood Duric would not be around by then.

Maybe Bai and Ridhuan too.

November 15, 2009 Posted by | AFC Competitions, Rant, The Lions | 1 Comment

This is new

This has got to be a first in any professional sports in this world: a national player with over a hundred caps and a key striker his struggling club is relying on to score goals, turning out in a school match.

Am I missing something here?

Indra Sahdan leads Nanyang Polytechnic to overcome ITE challenge in POL-ITE football

Feel free to leave your comments below.

October 20, 2009 Posted by | Rant | 5 Comments

Declaration From Yours Truly

I wonder if some avid followers of this blog would take notice that there was no pre-match analysis and match review for our clash against Super Reds last night.

It was not I do not have the time to do it, but I am starting to feel like what’s the point.

As predicted, Sengkang Punggol FC playing in front of a feeble crowd of below 1000, solely made up of complimentary ticket holders and suspicious blowing up of crowd attendance from the officials at home turf of the shoddy stadium that is known as Hougang Stadium, losing feebly to Super Reds FC despite having perhaps the actual first eleven from the senior squad.

I am not a fairweather fan of the Dolphins despite my scathing criticisms to our team can rub off badly to some but deep inside I always hope they can really become a better side.
Not a title contender but one that can compete with dignity intact and yet mustering points especially at home.
It was also the first season I can say I followed closely since the interest was rekindled in early 2008.

It is hard to support an ailing team as many can testified but how many times I had to tell myself “enough is enough”.
There was no point making effort to travel to Hougang on the expense of my own hard earn cash and precious time to catch slipshod, languid losses from the team I supported who cannot even put one over teams like Young Lions and Balestier Khalsa in front of the home crowd.

I have made up my mind to just stay off live matches till when i seen fit for now but I still wish Sengkang Punggol FC all the best in the remaining 6 league matches.

I will still continue to update this blog on frequent basis and entertain any comments from my long-suffering compatriots who truly had yet to wane off in interest when mine had.

**** ****

Okay now to the big picture, the decadence of our local S League.

You might been living under a rock if you had not notice the recent tirade by Noh Alam Shah in his press conference before his depature to join Arema Malang in the Indonesian Super League.

A man with controversy was also the most earnest and forthright person who amplified the problems plaguing our local game, constantly being masqueraded by authorities who abstained from bad publicity even at the cost of losing appeal and popularity of the game.

Hogging on to the “Top Ten League in Asia” title for like ever, FAS and S league was bracing for one day the entire deception would just explode in their face.

Since day one, me and my partner had not have good impression with the authorities who sold their agenda to the club, coaches and players who frowned at the slightest bit of description which put them under a bad light.
I have lost counts on how we had been scuppered to produce the most trustworthy reports of what we had seen in live matches, just because it might put some people’s career in jeopardy while the elder statesmen and their usual entourage who did their routine match attendance, digging into their free buffet and as we said basking in their “private party”, find our reports a tad too cringeworthy for their liking.

There are thousand and one faults to find in the S League in the past 2-3 years and it did not seem like it was going to be address as people in the ivory towers are simply resting on their laurels.

So what if fans do not turn up for live matches?  Gate receipt is not a mean of revenue. As long as the army of punters are still making the beeline to check on the odds of how Tampines can beat SAF, it’s okay.

So what if we can make it into the AFC Champions League in the future? It’s okay since AFC Cup is good enough even when we always come short in the quarterfinals of the competition.

So what if the national team never make it into any major tournaments? It’s okay as long as we can beat Malaysia and hopefully make it into the semi finals of AFF Cup while our Young Lions do not get humiliated in the SEA Games.

FAS already know our nation is filled with glory hunters, EPL slaves and post-M League fanatics, but there is still a group of us who actually care about the progress of local football.
It did seem like they are isolating us when they failed to perk things up, instead bringing the local game into the demise.

It’s time to wake up FAS.

September 15, 2009 Posted by | Rant | 30 Comments