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"In an interview with Yahoo! Singapore, Zainudin (Nordin, FAS President) reiterated that the S-league will not become a "poorer cousin" once the LionsXII start their Malaysia Cup campaign."

Friday, May 11, 2012

Bitching among us to see improvement by itself

Seems to me the news of the league authority having talks with another Japanese club, Cerezo Osaka "some times back" triggered another round of exchanges of thoughts on the tweet timeline.

Not much concern about whether the league is ready to welcome another new team into it, nor the the fate of Albirex Niigata (Singapore), who are in the scene since 2004, are considering a pull out if the Osaka club is to be given entry to the league.

It's more on how those discussions sprung out of this that led us back to the vicious cycle that most of us are so familiar with.

Sorry, but have the "SuperGals" ignited the passion? (credit: FAS)
Vicious Cycle 
Talks vary from whether is the league ready to take another foreign club in the expenses of those local ones to reminisce the "good ol' days" from whenever it was, from the issues of how the league authority's attempts to bring back to crowds with some futile initiatives to the lack of media exposure, etc.

As we can see for ourselves that we know what are the issues that we are facing in local football and they are actually nothing new, which is, therefore, a concern.

If everyday, we are facing a new problem after solving those old ones, I would be less that worry because it means we are actually improving and bracing ourselves with a greater challenge ahead.

Status Quo
10 years ago or so, we talked about the lack of awareness in the S.League. 10 years later, we are still fighting to generate that in Singaporeans' mindset.

This souvenir ball was given out at launch of GOAL 2010
10 years ago or so, we were talking about how National Service and "paper chase" were the stumbling blocks of our athletes from progress further. 10 years later, after "Goal 2010", "Strategic Plan" and whatsoever fancied titled blueprints you had seen, you still can't get national players release from their NS obligation to represent the nation.

In short, we are not moving at all and keep holding back by those problems we are facing since day one.

One may argue the difficulties facing and things evolved in manners beyond one's control, but it's not what I felt.

Rather, it's the lack of bold, brave decisions and clear mindset to undertake to break the mould that if 10 years (or longer) down the road, things remain as they are now, I think that would be the end of road.

While at the meantime, we just keep bitching among ourselves to see improvement come out by itself..

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