Sunday, May 15, 2011

Warriors and Tigers warned their players

After two consecutive poor performances - a 6-3 thumping at the hands of Albirex Niigata and shocking 2-2 draw with unfancied Tanjong Pagar United - have enraged officials of eight-time S-League champions SAFFC.

And the club may ring in the changes when the mid-season transfer window opens in a month's time.

According to MediaCorp, after the draw with Tanjong Pagar, SAFFC general manager Kok Wai Leong told the players they were welcome to leave the club in the transfer window starting June 13.

Kok statement appeared to have rallied the Warriors as SAFFC players confirmed that Kok had harsh words for the team, and they felt that the manager was entitled to his statements.

One player admitted the team can lose but not in the fashion they have been doing in their last two matches as they had players who went down without a fight.  

Acting in the same fashion was the Tigers management as head coach Salim Moin was quoted in the media that he will not accept anymore meekly performances from his team and if they do not show courage and fight, then they will not be in his team

The Tigers have lost their last three games but more importantly is the fact they have conceded 14 goals and the last crushing defeat - 0-4 against Etoile FC - appear to have been the last the coach will accept with the team underperforming.

One of the last time management step in to warn players to buck up was back in the 2004 season  with Tampines Rovers going as far as to print out warning letters to the players after a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Young Lions.

It worked though as the Stags then went on a 12-match winning streak to win the league championship.

SAFFC could be hoping for that while the Tigers will be wishing for less but is surely seeking an improved performance.

Will the two management be granted their wishes?

Time will tell

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