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My Letter to the "World"...

Dear World, 

While you were away at the World Cup festival, some interesting events actually took place during your absence. Several procrastinating issues were pushed onto the tabletop after the media probed on matters pertaining the security and crowd attendance.
  TODAY's report on FAS' tough stance against hooligans at S.League games

TODAY's report on poor S.League crowds due to ongoing 2010 World Cup
SCREEN-GRAB of the issues probed by the media of late

Matters as such were never openly discussed, and now as they pricked wide open, one can't simply avoid them now. 

While they had caught the league authority "off-guard", I do certainly hope they are readily going to address these nagging issues instead of paying "lip-service" to the masses. 

On the bright side, though, it was confirmed that the Cubs (National U-23 team) are heading to Guangzhou for the Asian Games in November, following the successful appeal to the SNOC, the decision-making body.

But it was just the beginning of the start since now all eyes will be the Young Lions, who are the base of the Cubs to justify their call to represent the nation.

Coach Raddy and Eugene Loo at Yishun
Coach Raddy and Eugene Loo at Yishun

Following a whirlwind trip to Myanmar, the Young Lions saw themselves succumb to a 1-0 loss to Beijing Guoan Talents at the Yishun Stadium, under the watchful eyes of national coach Raddy (pictured above left with team manager Eugene Loo on his right).

Citing fatigue as one of the reasons, Young Lions' coach V Sundramoorthy also felt the absence of skipper Hariss Harun (pictured below) was another key factor too.
 
Hariss Harun's trip to Shanghai was fruitless
Hariss Harun's trip to Shanghai was fruitless 

While the young prodigal son of local football set the buzz alight with a long-awaited trial overseas to top CSL side, Shanghai Shenhua, which, however, failed to materialize after the Chinese team's Croatian coach, Miroslav Blazevic "did not get the chance to assess the 19-year-old thoroughly during his stay there".
 
Sengkang's new signing Kenji Arai (pictured right) came as a surprise to many
Sengkang's new signing Kenji Arai (pictured right) came as a surprise to many

The transfer window has seen some interesting signing with the returning of ex-SAFFC defender Kenji Arai to local football by joining cellar-dwellers Sengkang Punggol. And still on the Dolphins, are they glad that Ryan Fante is off-loaded after a misery stint at Hougang.

Whilst, I tried not to be influenced by what I heard and read about the shortcomings of the Canadian striker, unfortunately, having seen the hapless Fante in action against the NFA U17 squad had more or less confirmed he did not meet the minimum requirement. 

Ryan Fante's (middle) leap in the air
Ryan Fante's (middle) leap in the air

Back on the title race, while SAFFC had walloped Woodlands Wellington 4-0 last week, their “auld enemy”- Home United strung up an impressive six straight clean sheet and propelled them up to the second place, four points behind leaders Etoile, following their 2-0 win over Gombak United.

Before that long, weren't we wondering if Tampines Rovers would be the ONE but instead, their draw with their neighbour Geylang United in the recent derby that ended with no goal scored. 

But the biggest shock of all must be the defeat to Albirex Niigata by Etoile that prompted the official tweet to declare

“S.League title race blown wide open as Etoile lose 1st game after going 12 unbeaten when they went down 1-0 to Albirex.”

Anyway, the World Cup had concluded days ago, it's interesting to see what's in store next for the local season. Hope to see you back at the grounds.

With Regards,

Po Hui :)

Comments

  1. Hi Pohui,

    Talking about security, who can forget the racist remarks made by some fans when Young Lions take on Etoile FC. Sounds mimicking monkey/dog and calling Mendy a 'monkey' was apparently 'overlooked' by the clueless Security Personnel, who were totally clueless as to what to do with their 'friends'.

    Moreover, the whole Young Lions fans/cheer leading team were also making monkey sounds when the black etoile players touched the balls.

    Since FAS openly started the ball rolling with 'banning hooligans', and we know what effect it had on clubs whose supporters are making such chants, it probably means one things: The FAS have to 'walk the talk' and not 'talk the talk'.

    I personally felt that such an action warrants a thorough investigation by the 'relevant authorities'. Moreover, if the current security cannot cope with the challenges they are facing, then what is Certis Cisco doing? They are listed as a sponser, but apart from ACL and AFC Cup games, I do not see their presence at all.

    Yours truly,
    Fernando

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  2. Hi Fernando,

    Thanks for your comments..

    It's regrettable if such act did take place (don't get me wrong, as I was not at the scene that time I can't really comment on those actions)

    While, it's acknowledged that football is an emotional game, but it's also a game that break down all barriers and such hideous acts should be avoidable.

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