The Provisional Council has just recently been appointed, and is in the process of discussing and firming up plans to tackle the key issues facing the football community. We will announce the details of these plans in due course, as soon as we have had time to deliberate and finalise them.
We are in the final phase of preparations for the AFF Suzuki Cup and one key objective of this training camp is to allow our coaches and medical staff to assess the conditions of our players after a long season, and take the necessary actions to prepare them to the best of our abilities. Our squad comprises players from 11 different clubs and the ability to stay and train together on a daily basis will enable us to work on and strengthen the players' tactical, physical and mental aspects.
This has indeed been one of the best Great Eastern-YEO’S S.League seasons in recent years. The return of the former LionsXII players to the S.League has certainly made the season more exciting and competitive, while the introduction of former Arsenal and Liverpool star Jermaine Pennant created good buzz this season.
We are working closely with the Ministry of Education (MOE) to implement changes to the format of the ‘B’ Division National School Games (NSG) Football tournament. We are in the final stage of discussions, and an announcement will be made in due course.
The current pitch at Jalan Besar Stadium utilises natural recycled materials, composing of coconut husk and recycled cork material. The safety of our players and officials is of utmost importance to us and we conduct maintenance of the pitch on a regular basis.
We wish to clarify that Mr Bernard Tan’s statement that the FAS has spent a ‘quarter of a million’ on grassroots football refers to the amount spent on the National Football League (NFL) and the Island-Wide League (IWL). The statement of accounts, as reflected in the FAS Annual Report, is prepared in accordance with Singapore Financial Reporting Standards. The accounts, audited by a public accounting firm, give a true and fair view of the financial position of the FAS.
The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) works closely together with the venue operator Singapore Sports Hub, security partners and the relevant authorities to ensure adequate security measures are put in place for our matches at the National Stadium.
The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is aware of the incident that took place during the FA Cup match between Balestier United Recreation Club and Singapore Armed Forces Sports Association on Saturday night. We would like to reiterate that the FAS does not condone violence of any form, and the alleged behaviour has no place in football.
We had heard suggestions that some members were planning to vote against the agenda of the AFC extraordinary congress. However, we felt that it would be inappropriate to do so as the objectives of the extraordinary congress had already been made known months in advance and no objections had been raised previously.
Ultimately, it is our aim to develop better players who also become better persons through our youth development programmes. Youth development is a long-term project and we seek the continued support of our stakeholders, including the media, which will strengthen our abilities to groom the next generation of talented youth players in Singapore.
At the end of the day, the result matters but we believe we had a good game today, and with all the chances that we had, we shouldn’t have lost – at least a draw. I don’t think Cambodia had more chances than Singapore. We had three hit the crossbar, three sitters... Hopefully we can get better before the next international game.
The employability and long-term prospects for our players after their footballing careers are important to us. Since 2014, we have established a scheme termed the “Career Enrichment Scheme (CES)” for S.League players to help them assess diverse career options after they retire from football.
We are looking forward to the game tomorrow night against Cambodia. I want to give other players who have travelled and trained with us for the last nine days a chance to be in an international ‘A’ game. This is a good platform for these players to express themselves and show their abilities.
Youth teams are generally developmental sides; rejuvenation and renewal of teams across the different age-groups is part and parcel of football at the developmental level all over the world, not just in Singapore.
The safety and well-being of the team is of utmost importance to us and we are in regular contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the F-17 Football Academy. We are monitoring developments and will work closely with MFA and the Academy to assist and support the team.