Doing well or winning medal of any colours in the upcoming SEA Games Football tournament in Myanmar DOESN'T MEAN our football is on the right track.The sad thing is this "prioritized grooming" that only concentrated those in NFA, Young Lions and Lions XII for the case of this group of Cubs in the recent SEA Games, actually meant that we are constraining our talent pool by neglecting those in the eligible players in S.League and Prime League.
In fact, the gap between SEA and rest of Asia is widening when we are witnessing the possibility of not having representation from the Asean pac in the gathering Down Under. (for the Asian Cup)
|NFA pit against a club side (Everton) in match (file shot)|
Just take a look and ask if those players aren't in the "elite scheme", are they being given the same adequate training like their peers in that same environment?
The only thing that we are aware is that once a promising player is being spotted in those club matches, next thing you know he would be in the "scheme" to undergo those "nurtured and proper" training.
All those that took the credit away from the clubs that laid the foundation from these "selected" crop of players, as mentioned in this entry by blogger "happy" when the Young Lions project was first mooted in 2003.
The unearth and nurturing of talents shall be the responsibility of the clubs (be it the S.League, those in the NFL, etc.) and not just these two entities with equal sharing of nurturing resources too.
|Is the system fair to those in Prime League?|
In a way is to widen the talents pool, as for now it's shrinking of pool with a focus on the "elites".
With the focus largely on grooming mainly Under 23 players using Lions12 and Courts Young Lions platforms, are there enough players to progress to SEA Games level if the proposed Under 21 format is enforced (as reported in The New Paper on 6/1)?
|Need some "lubricants in the conveyor belt"|
The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) got to realize the present development roadmap is a flawed one with a concentration on a small pool of "elites", there should a pluralism plan to widen up the pool by giving everyone an equal chance to learn and nurture their skills.