|Can Delwinder (left) meet up with coach Raddy's (right) expectation?|
Such comment, of course, will never go down well in those will singled out the names like Ahmad Latiff Khamarudin, Jamil Ali, etc.
However, coach Raddy highlighted the lack of young players in the calibre like Hariss Harun, who are ready to step in international stage at the present stage when he was quoted as follows
"Do you see exceptional young players? And if your clubs are not progressing in the AFC Champions League or AFC Cup, your youth players are missing out on part of the international experience."Undoubtedly, with SAFFC's ACL adventures that ended in group stages after having qualified for it on two occasions, Tampines Rovers' recent fine form of run in AFC Cup campaign saw them crashed out of the group stages for their first time this year, while Home United finished at the octo-final phrase in the second-tier continental club tournament months ago - would be counted as some of those options to allow young players, as cited by coach Raddy, to experience those kind of level of football.
|"See, people are better prepared than us.. What to Do?"|
In the recent past, it's not uncommon to have SAFFC coach Richard Bok and former Tampines Rovers' coaches Vorawan Chitavanich and Steven Tan made known their sense of helpless-ness in juggling the far and wide travelling on top of their domestic commitments.
(File Picture) SAFFC's coach Richard Bok (left) highlighted the scheduling issues
As such, when the lack of desired planning in advance for a demanding season other than having a congested fixture list, would it be asking too much from the representative sides to do well in the Asian front?
Furthermore, while large number of fans have been clamouring for the "who and who" that shine themselves in the S.League, one area that many might have failed to realize is the difference between domestic and international game.
Much demanding in terms of skill and pace level are some of the key factors that are required in donning the national team jersey, have we not look back at who were those that had "come and go".
|Adam Swandi (no 10), who will help him to progress from here?|
Needless to say, we are unlikely to see our players getting the much-needed exposure on international football given the inadequate preparation before-handed that has bugging us all as long as we can remember.
Since it's a 13-team S.League in 2013 (source: 1,2), fixtures should be start planning now in order to allow better preparation for clubs heading to the next season's AFC club tournaments for exposure to youth players.
|It's an entirely different ball game when playing for your country|
As they always said:“One must learn to crawl, before one learn to walk”.