I have written a email to The New Paper. Just to share my views with all you bloggers out there...
Hi Ernst Luis & Leonard Lim,
This email is written specially for the Singapore national soccer team and the future of Singapore football.
I need to say something about the turnout and the media reports on the match we played against Malaysia. I am totally disgusted with the attendance. I don't need the figures (ie.18,000) to tell me that the crowd was disappointing. Where were the fans who cheered the Lions when we lifted the Tiger Cup? Are these people really just "glory seekers"? Let me remind these fans that the match on Sat was the Lions' first game as Champions of South East Asia! Where were these fans? Don't you think the Lions deserved a full house on Sat? So many people on the streets were talking about the 4-0 mauling by Malaysia in 2002 and they wanted revenge. So here we are, a match for the Lions to exorcise the ghost of 2002. And where are the fans? Just 18,000.
C'mon, the match was played on a Sat(a weekend!), no EPL distraction. So what excuses for the poor turnout? I am glad that you guys at TNP has done a good job in covering the lead-ups to the match on Sat! Keep in up!
That lead me to start thinking about the amount of coverage that another print offered on this nice Sunday morning. Well, the coverage on the Spore v Msia match didn't even merit half a page long! C'mon, being the so-called NATIONAL paper, is that all you can inform to your readers about your own National Soccer Team? Well, to give them the benefit of the doubt, hopefully we can see more follow-up reports of the game on Monday morning.
It seems that nowadays these group of "die-hard" fans' group is always seated at the National Stadium's gallery section. Have they neglected those people who have paid more to watch the game from the grandstand? May I suggest that this die-hard fans' group stationed another group of cheerleaders at the grandstand section. I was seated at the grandstand and I must admit I am ashamed to be sitting among a group of "TV watching soccer fans". Where was the noise? Kallang Roar? Nah, there wasn't any! Hard as the die-hard fans' on the gallery section tried to create the atmosphere, it fell on deaf ears. Another thing which i noticed... I don't think the die-hard fans came up with any new banners or signage. Where were the "Tiger Cup Champion" banners or something that can proclaim us as the champion of S.E Asia? It's not everytime that we win the Tiger Cup I mind you. I am not being arrogant here, just feeling proud of our own naitonl team's achievement. The Kallang Wave only made its mark across the cheerleaders. We can be so passionate towards EPL clubs but why not towards our very own National Soccer Team? Stop saying that we are Singaporean, we are introvert, shy and uninitiative. If we want to sing, we should just sing out loud for our team. If we want to cheer, just cheer. If we want to shout and scream, JUST DO IT! There's absolutely nothing to be embarassed about! I believe our fans can do better to show their support for their own National Soccer Team!
Another scene which made me disgusted was the amount of fans wearing jerseys of EPL teams! I myself is a die-hard Liverpool fan but I will never ever wear a LFC jersey to our National Soccer Team's match! Do you know our very own National Soccer Team jersey is so much cheaper than any EPL clubs' jersey? But I must say there were many who wore our "National Day's produced T-shirt", which was quite encouraging to see.
Alright, I have made my points here. Hope you guys have a fun time reporting the match in Penang! Another victory for us!
P.s. to Leonard Lim,
Your report in Sunday's TNP " The message on the A-board at the National Stadioum read: Bringing Singapore Football to Life." Just want to say that this is Singapore Pools' A-board. We don't need Singapore Pools to bring football to life. We need passionate fans who only care about our own soccer team and not on dollar & cents. Enough said. Peace.