|Coach Tatsuma Yoshida is the first Japanese coach of the Lions|
Still the former Jurong FC player pressed ahead and went straight down to business by taking charge of the Lions in the recent friendly matches against Solomon Islands and Myanmar at Kallang.
THE USUAL BRICKBATS
Barely surprising after an unconvincing 4-3 win over Solomon Islands and a 2-1 defeat to Myanmar, critics were quick to jump onto the bandwagon to make their voices heard although there are those who felt it's still early days for Yoshida to conclude anything from the aforementioned outcomes given the fact he barely took over the hot seat.
With the resuming of the Singapore Premier League (SGPL) following the international week, it will be no surprise to see the new gaffer be making his rounds at the four venues to have a closer look at the limited playing pool for his upcoming assignment - Asia's World Cup Qualifiers (draw is scheduled later this month).
|Former Lions' skipper Nazri Nasir (left) is Yoshida's assistant|
Don't get me wrong for singled out young players for any wrong reason, if we do have guys like the impact made by Hariss Harun years back, we should be happy and have that sense of comfort but in an old post I blogged some times ago, are we doing the right thing to push those "wet behind the ears" players to the professional ranks?
HAVE THE RIGHT PLAYERS FOR THE LIONS?
The SGPL being the top tier tournament of the local football pyramid supposedly to be the platform where the best of the land to compete among others and ideally, we should gradually allow young players with good potential to slowly blend into the system.
But have we actually turned it into the developmental league in the pursue of having our raw talents "fast track" to improve their game while lower the overall standard of the league?
This is the thought that came to me when I was told privately a former SGPL coach lamented his players are not equipped with strong fundamentals in order to allow them to play according to the tactics he had in mind.
|Tactical board was used in tactical planning|
"The quality is not too bad, but not very good. Some players have better technique, while some have not enough but make up for it with energy." said coach Yoshida to the broadsheet.
Kudos for the Japanese coach for being candid in his first assessment and it certainly affirmed the fact that we do have players who are not strong in their basic foundations of the game.
We seen it for ourselves in those two matches played at the National Stadium and it was not hard to see who were the guilty ones for not living up to the expectations for some of those basic mistakes committed in those games.
|Coach Yoshida showing example in training|
WHAT IS A 'NATIONAL COACH'?
The role of the national coach is, after all, to get a group of players to represent the country and execute the game tactics, etc. when all other essentials are supposed to be pre-requisite for any national player. ⠀
As such, for players who are selected to represent the country to play at the highest level, it is unacceptable to commit any schoolboy's error during any game when they should already have those fundamentals embedded in their football DNA.
Nonetheless, if the players done their part and failed to deliver despite adhered to what their coach wanted, it would be another story.