It came at a time when local football is still trying to pull itself out of the bad patches it is experiencing now and barely a surprise such a lofty target is met with skepticism from all corners and once again it brought back sad memories of the "Goal 2010" project which was launched in 1998.
I shall not dwell on why and how the "Goal 2010" was mooted but here to share what I witnessed at the fanfare at Suntec City - the venue where the whole project kicked started on 5th December 1998.
GOAL 2010 WAS LAUNCHED AT SUNTEC CITY
It was a huge turnout with everyone was eager and excited to play a part of this historical day that was supposed to see Singapore adhere to a blueprint to see her qualify for the World Cup in 2010 (although FAS clarified it was not the case in the first place years later).
The launch event was further divided into a few workshops where participants were engaged in idea sharing and discussions on the topic of the workshop they attended, such as marketing, coaching, competition, etc.
|The name tag given to me at the "Goal 2010" launch|
I recalled, if not wrong, the workshop was moderated by former Singapore national coach Seak Poh Leong and among those in room was the late Straits Times journalist Joe Dorai and half way into the session, the then national coach Barry Whitbread joined in the discussions by voicing his thoughts from the back of the room.
After the workshop was over, all the attendees were ushered into huge auditorium where a panel discussion took place and among the speakers was veteran journalist Jeffrey Low who shared his candid thoughts on the difficulties facing Singapore should we want to achieve the targets set by the project.
|The demographical composition of Singapore Football had evolved ever since|
However, the name "Goal 2010" lives on and more than often being a butt of the joke when come to ridicule local football when opportunity arises.
"JUST TO SHUT THEM UP!"
Years later, another blueprint was unveiled in 2010 with the aim to be among of the top echelon of Asian football.
Aptly named as "FAS Strategic Plan 2010-2015", the comprehensive blueprint covered wide range of aspects such as Development, Competition, Participation, etc.
While the regime in charge back then time to time assured the unconvinced public and media that the Strategic Plan was "always on the track"' to ensure things were kept in place and never short of naming some of the game's luminaries given their endorsements to the blueprint, it was seems to me this 2010 blueprint was not different from the one launched in 1998 when a peer remarked bluntly "it's a merely plan to shut people's mouth up!".
The Launch Video of "Strategic Plan"
Probably it was the case when personally I felt one of the key objectives the "Strategic Plan" failed to deliver was to have the Singapore national team play regularly, if possible, against "Top 15 in Asia and Top 50 in the world", as spelt out under the "Football Excellence" of the plan.
To sum it up, following the failure of both "Goal 2010" and the "Strategic Plan" that was supposed to guide Singapore to be among the top footballing nations, this latest chest-thumping statement that first appeared in the Straits Times, is seen by many a mission impossible given the huge handicap we facing in local football at this present moment.
The thing is we can have blueprints with fanciful names but if we cannot stick to them and unable to face the truth when issues pop up, it is pointless to have all these stuff which are nothing but some superficial gimmicks.
|The logo of the "Strategic Plan"|
So if the above-mentioned are going to be the main focus of any new blueprint to be unveiled soon, it would be advisable to retrieve a copy of the proposals of both "Goal 2010" and "Strategic Plan" from the attic to avoid any repetition of any failed aspect of the two.