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)|
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.
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|
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..