|Playing on artificial surface 😰|
“... provides for more optimal deployment of resources” and “also frees up the other stadiums to be adapted for greater community use”These words replied by the stadium landlord Sport Singapore (except for Our Tampines Hub which is owned by People’s Association) to the queries from The Straits Times, as quoted in an article by The Monitor, on the day the news broke out should be enough to explain the reasons behind the ground sharing decision which caused a ruckus in the scene of late.
NOT SORRY AT ALL ...
The fact being when those "evacuated" clubs, while at their allocated grounds, aren't doing enough to pack the stands at their home games (let's face it), so there is no case for them to argue when the authority wants their stadiums to be more prioritised for community use.
After all, the idea of the ground sharing is not new when it was already mooted years ago before the materialising of it next season.
However, the issue we should be looking at is three out of the four stadiums are using artificial pitches and how much of an impact will be on players to play on these surfaces on consistent basis?
|Zico was in town back in 2011 as Iraq national coach|
INJURY PREVENTION IS THE KEY ...
Beside Jalan Besar, the other selected grounds with artificial turf for the upcoming season are Jurong East and Our Tampines Hub with Bishan Stadium being the only venue using natural grass surface.
"Playing on artificial turf is definitely not easy but it is something players have to get used to nowadays," said former national player Ismail Yunos on his thoughts on playing on artificial surface.
|Ismail Yunos (in Gombak Utd's outfit) making his pass on JBS turf|
"The worrying part should be the injury prevention, as chances of you getting injured (while) playing on an artificial pitch is a lot higher especially if it is going to be a 'week in week out' thing.
"There is always a danger when playing on the artificial pitch and if it is just for matches, it should be okay but having to train on it everyday might be a problem." concluded the two-time AFF Championship winner.