And to be honest again, at this stage I still having doubts that the Singapore Premier League (SGPL) is an ideal platform to allow Singaporean players to showcase their worth to regional market given the lack of intensity and competitiveness in recent years, as compared to some Football Association of Singapore (FAS) top officials envisage for (if I'm not wrong).
|Home United's (red) 2018 AFC Cup run was a rare success in ongoing doldrums|
While national coach Tatsuma Yoshida's astuteness saw him fielded a few players with little or no AFC Cup experience but did decently okay to justify their selection, it is still useful and worthwhile for local footballers who yet to earn a cap to aim for chance to play in these continental tournaments to see how they fare against regional peers.
|This view by Coach Raddy changed my opinion completely (as credited)|
A good showing against regional sides in AFC Cup is a good testament for SGPL clubs and Singaporean players that they can compete head to head with their regional peers.
We cannot simply say this particular player has been outstanding in SGPL and that's why is he ready to be poached by overseas sides when exposure at tournaments like AFC Cup could be something value add to his profile.
|An unforgettable journey of the Tigers (as credited)|
Remember, it is at an AFC tournament not something obscurity at your backyard that regional clubs would prefer to see if our local footballers can make it or break it or not before waving the cheques.
Get out now to prove a point!