The newly revamped, and now free, The Newpaper (TNP) reported Fandi Ahmad project with Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is taking shape and frankly nothing I've read tell me it is not yet another 'elite squad project'.
No doubt they tell us the newly recruited players are outside of the system so they are 'expanding' youth development.
If it was so easy to develop players at such late age after the system had failed them when they were much younger then a number of Asian countries namely China, Indonesia and Malaysia would be kingpins now.
Why did I precisely named these 3 nations?
Because they have attempted similar schemes and with even bigger budgets; China sending them to Brazil, Indonesia twice with the first in Italy and second Uruguay and Malaysia with their idol project and their elites in Slovakia but may I asked if anybody's can named the success story.
Even a hardcore fan of football like me have a hard time finding names I can define as success and their careers is nothing like those with well-established youth development from Japan and S.Korea while in ASEAN, nobody is even near Thailand who have the help of sport schools system (They are unlike Singapore Sport School who are alone and only trained elite so they have the numbers advantage)
And numbers are important as once again I see Fandi Ahmad project is for only 30 players so how is it not elitism.
If it was really a youth development expansion then they should have started with the Under-8 to Under-10 etc like many have told them before but how can I expect any different as those in charge only know elitism squad system and this project is no different no matter what they call it.
Only the small number of elite players need the best with $4millions for them while the rest should just be happy with whatever leftover they can get like the $70 k.