“Having foreign teams in the league would add colours and help to boast the standard of play in the league.” as what the league authority used to rationale the largely unpopular move, especially among those remnant fans of those “sit-out” clubs like Tanjong Pagar United, Jurong FC and Sembawang Rangers.
So when TODAY reported that CSL side Beijing Guoan was named as a potential team to be part of the set-up (as depicted in the screenshot above), the less-than-desirable reaction from those folks out there was more or less came no surprise to me.
To back their claim, stats and figures had clearly very clearly that teams from China had yet to prove their worth despite number of promises made at each pre-season media introduction.
Former Liaoning player Zhao Zhipeng was convicted for that thing in 2008.
Given such a short lifespan playing in the S.League, one can't help but wondering why these teams were admitted in the first place despite the number of stringent criteria needed to be fulfilled?
- Is there a flaw in the selection set-up?
- Is the time-frame given to assess these potential teams too short?