Friday, June 05, 2015


SEA Games Succeess Not About 90 Minutes

Hopeless and pathetic performance by s-league young lions. Yeah, they represent Singapore but plays like the s-league team.
Clueless coach needs to be sacked immediately. Always has this clueless look and can't even motivate.

GK needs to be dropped forever.

All the long throws with no power. If the long throw can't even reach the middle of the 6 yard box, it's pointless. 

Adam Swandi was easily the worse player on the field, out muscled each time he got the ball, or was too slow in his touches. He certainly wasted his time in Metz. No wonder Stange had to fly to France. Think he never had much match practice, just joined in the training.

 I have nothing more to say, except for the fact that our keeper is ABSOLUTELY AWFUL. How do you make those 2 elementary errors?

Yesterday saw SEA Games hosts Singapore go down 2-1 against Myanmar in their group stage tie and as can be seen by some of the comments above taken from the Kallang Roar message board some of the fans ain't happy.

The disappointment left the Young Lions with three points from their opening two games with a worse goal difference than second placed Cambodia who have played just one game. Later today the Cambodians take on a seemingly disheartened Indonesia if coach Aji Santoso's comments are to be believed. The Khmers could pull three points clear of the hosts or Indonesia could join the air in a three way tie for second. But for sure the tournement ain't over for Adie Iskandar and his men. Lads.

But what is the point of the SEA Games. Yes, national pride is at stake for the supporters who see defeat as a slight on the nation's character but these players are not the finished article and while a win is always nice you can be sure the coaching staff are looking for other boxes to be ticked by those chosen to wear the red.

Does anyone recall the Singapore SEA Games squad from 2013? That year they finished with a bronze medal despite drawing their opening game 1-1 against Laos. Victory over Brunei and a draw against Malaysia was enough to see them go through to the next round where they lost 1-0 to the Thais.

What is interesting from SEA Games 2011 two years earlier is the squad Singapore sent. Goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud for example. He has since gone on to become the national team keeper and played his part in winning the ASEAN Championship in 2012,  the LionsXII Malaysia Super League triumph in 2013 and the Malaysia FA Cup earlier this year.

At the back was the consistent Safuwan Baharudin and he hasn't done too badly for himself since that SEA Games echoing Izwan's success in 2012 and 2013 as well as earning a spell on loan at Melbourne City in the ALeague earlier this year.

Action from Cambodia v Singapore SEA Games 2011
When you throw in other names like Haris Harun, Gabriel Quak, Khairul Nizam and Shahdan Sulaiman it becomes clear hindsight allows to look more sympathetically on the squad that was assembled.

That group of players failed to get beyond the group stage despite winning two and drawing one of their four ties but their efforts largely remain forgotten, perhaps because they did fair so poorly.

But we are talking about the SEA Games and for all the attention given to it by the regional football associations and despite the flag waving it is still only a developmental competition designed to expose young players to competing against their regional peers.

Despite the perceived lack of success by the 2011 and the 2013 squads some of the players have gone on to  make a mark on the game, both at home and abroad, and that surely is the true measure of success for the SEA Games.

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