Have not written for a while due not only to the bad state of local football but also a lame duck president, the worthless one Zainduin Nordin, who is pushing the blame on everybody else; as shown by the SEA GAMES saga.
With no sunlight in sight, just writing how terrible the situation is is depressing.
Now I decided to pen one more article that show why I think FAS is all wrong at the moment.
The recent announcement of a new plan for a better S-league is not even worth debating if it is a good plan because it is bad to start with.
The S-league plan will not be the first to force clubs (and not the last as others will attempt or re-attempt it) to start under-23 or under-21 in their line-up with history showing it always flopped.
Why? Simple as the leagues starting such plans all have similar weakness; that is a youth development not worth it weight in gold so nobody want to play their youngsters thus their Football Associations have to force the issue.
If the players are good to start, do you think clubs are that stupid not to play them no matter their age!
And that is the main point, as the players being churned out are not good enough to play even at ASEAN level.
The revamp of the National football Academy (NFA) and the COEs (centre of Excellences) of the past few years are a failure thus far while the new youth development plan put forth by the new technical Director Michel Sablon are still a concept on the drawing board (Looking at FAS track record on youth development it may died a still-born like so many others such as the infamous FAS Strategic Plan etc)
In that case, is this not putting the cart before the horse as what kind of players can one expect now.
Indeed it will only look good on datasheets and this may be why FAS is pushing for it as they want things to look good on papers; seeing how they always take out datasheets showing their plans are working when nobody else acknowledged it
That is why Singapore football is a failure now for their leaders are more interested to keep their Key Performance indicators (KPIs) looking good even when the situation at the ground are in bad shape.
In 6 months time, the new FAS president can take out a datasheet that show more youngsters are playing the game professionally but the real question of rather they are worth the place is not answered and we know the answer to that.
Then how does it help Singapore football?It does not but that is not the main concern for the main concern is it help the FAS President.
Everything's that wrong in Singapore football in that sentence for if they were really concern they should gone about it this way in my eye
1) Solve NFA and COEs bad track of churning out players nobody want first
2) Expand COEs as now only 3 clubs involved
3) Solve the clubs conflict with FAS on youngsters at the same time as nobody want to develop players for others (ok FAS) just when they demand it
4) Involved more teams outside professional arena in youth development
Then we have a large enough supply to talk about whether enough youngsters are playing the game professionally because now it is just to make people at FAS look good without any solving of the real problem at hand.
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