Do not compare, do not expect
Finally it has arrived. This is the day that many Singaporeans have been waiting for. At 1945hrs tonight, LionsXII will mark
‘s return to football competitions across the causeway, and the first challengers will be 2011 Malaysian Super League Champions, Kelantan. Singapore
The match will be held at the Jalan Besar Stadium which can only accommodate approximately 7500 spectators. Live screening of the big game have been scheduled across the island, with the ground on People’s Association being the most prominent venue of the three. NEX shopping mall as well as
Lot 1 shopping mall will also be venues which will hold the live screening of the match.
To add on to that, there wasn’t so much broadcast on European league matches on local television, therefore, the Malaysia League and Cup were the only tournaments which local football fans look forward.
During that 17 year hiatus from Malaysian football competitions, every weekend will see at least 10-15 European league matches that were screened live over Pay TV and local fans were contented to be avid followers of those European leagues. It is unfair to say that our boys are not up to the mark when the fact is that the fans tend to compare them with whatever they saw on TV. There needs to be a more realistic comparison as it is almost impossible for football leagues in
South East Asia to be used as a comparison factor against top European leagues.
There is also the S-League, which attracted many during the early years since its implementation but over the years, more and more fans are coming forward to say that it is a dying league. Fans stay away from the S-League because they see no value in it and this is something which is beyond comprehension. The biggest problem of all is that some of these fans who actually said that, have never stepped into any S-League stadium ever, to catch one S-League match. So therefore, why the overly critical statement?
No one likes supporting a losing team and that remains a fact. Fans need to always remember that this team is a representation of a country by the name of
, whether it is a club side, or a National side. There is a choice for football fans. If you enjoy watching football, you can do it with an open mind. Regardless of what results that these 29 boys produce over the entire season, you can be assured that when they put on that jersey and get on to the pitch, they will always give their utmost best. Singapore
I believe the pressure is weighing heavily on the shoulders of the team, be it the management team or the players. Instant success cannot be guaranteed and given the hype created by the mainstream media, I fear that should this project fail or rather, when the team do not do well in the opening matches, the heads of some players who i think are the most innocent of the lot in this Malaysian adventure will definitely go onto the chopping boards.
Football is not only about the two teams playing on the pitch. There are many other aspects which can allow the fans to enjoy themselves too, so long as they attend the matches with an open heart.
While there are a lot who will back the LionsXII for this competition, there will also be some others with who will stay away from them. No one will stop the fans from doing anything that they want but there’s something which needs to be very clear. It is not the players’ choice to return to the football competitions across the causeway, and therefore, give the players a break; they’ve done nothing to deserve all those abuse and criticisms.
With that said, all the best to the LionsXII as they begin their adventure tonight.
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