Great Eastern Yeo's S League has 243 players registered, of which 132 are Singaporeans (and therefore eligible for national team call-up). From this 132, only six are deemed to be good enough to be part of the national set-up in the upcoming friendlies. six out of 21 players selected by Bernd Stange. Of the others, 11 are from LionsXII and the remaining four playing abroad i.e. Hassan Sunny, Hariss Harun, Baihakki Khaizan and Shahril Ishak.
Of all these players, only four have not represented our LionsXII at some point i.e. Hassan Sunny, Zaiful Nizam, Ismadi Mukhtar and Zulfadli Zainal. All 21 of them (or maybe 20, not sure about Ismadi) have been part of the NFA youth teams.
|Ismadi Mukhtar in action for Stags|
So Football Association of Singapore, now you know why Singapore's only professional sports league is in a dire state? Stange wasn't wrong when he lamented about the standard of our domestic league. The bulk of the players were essentially not good enough somewhere down the road. We put all our eggs into the NFA/Young Lions/LionsXII basket and as a result, have lesser resources to help our S League clubs develop their remaining young talents.
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