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FAS president Zainudin’s bombshell, as reported by Berita Harian

The report:

This report appeared today in the Asiaone website. It is a translation of the Berita Harian report on Jan 6 in which Football Association of Singapore (FAS) president Zainudin Nordin dropped the bombshell that he is disbanding the national team. You can access the story here

I feel it is important to read this story first before  the other follow-up reports that appeared in today’s newspapers (ie The Straits Times, The New Paper and Today) because it gives the full flavour of why the FAS made such a decision (which has since divided public opinion).

Do yourselves a favour — give it a read first. And then you decide whether it is a wise or foolish decision by the FAS in the first place.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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All players from the Lions will be dropped

(Asiaone News, 7 Jan 2011)

By Chairul Fahmy Hussaini and Hisham Hasim

All football players in the national team will be dropped in regards to their bad performance in 2010.

President of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), Mr Zainudin Nordin, said that the current standard of Singapore’s football is at a disappointing level.

In order to save the situation, changes will be made with focus given in developing young talents in group age of 14-17 years-old and expanding the talent of the current lineup.

The harsh reality and brave decision was revealed by Mr Zainudin in an exclusive interview with Berita Harian on Wednesday.

According to him, a span of five years is needed the national team to be successfully renewed.

For the upcoming years, Singaporeans will have to be prepared to face the possibility of not winning trophies.

“That is my message to all. We will give focus to young players, develop talents as young as 14, 15, 16, 17 years old and talents’ of these players cannot be expand overnight but requires a span of four to five years before they reach the level that is required of them.

“This is what’s going to happen. I hope when we announce the changes that will be carried out, citizens will understand that, these are for the benefit of the long term and not the short term.

“Maybe half of the citizens will not be happy but we will do our best in the SEA Games and  the World Cup qualifiers although we are a team of new players.

“Although we will work hard, do not expect a miracle to happen overnight,” he said.

The SEA Games is scheduled to begin in November this year in Palembang, Indonesia while the selection of the eligibility of the World Cup is scheduled mid this year.

Mr Zainudin is firm that from all the players that will be dropped, only four players from the main 11 will be called back to be the “back-bone” of the national team that will be formed soon.

“When we proceed with the changes in the upcoming months, the national team coach, Radojko ‘Raddy’ Avramovic, will regard each player as a new player.

“All the current player will be dropped and Raddy will form a new team. When the new players are chosen, they will be based on merit,” he explained.

Last month, Raddy had given the media hints that from next month onwards, the national football team will have new faces.

This was followed by the disappointing performance during AFF Suzuki Cup in Hanoi, Vietnam recently.

Mr Zainudddin also mentioned that there were positive achievements last year, for example the success of the young football team in winning the bronze medal in the YOG.

“We will give full attention in developing our young talents,” he said.

Agreeing with the decisions, former national player, Malek Awab, 50, thinks that it was a bold move.

“It’s a good thing as it will give us a fresh start and new motivation in out national football team.” he added.

A similar response was voiced by a former national striker, Alexandre Duric, 41, said, “People are probably disappointed in the performance of the current team and FAS has to do something but it requires a long-term period to build a strong team.”

Translated by Muhammad Azman Bin Hamran from the original article first published in Berita Harian on Jan 6, 2011.

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How Team Singapore fared on the ninth day of YOG competition (Monday)

The results:

Here is Team Singapore fared on Monday

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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TABLE TENNIS

Girls’ Singles Semi-Finals

Isabelle Li bt Suthasini Sawettabut (Tha) 4-0 (11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9)

Girls’ Singles Final

Gu Yuting (Chn) bt Isabelle Li 4-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9)

Isabelle Li wins Singapore’s second silver medal

ATHLETICS

Girls’ 1,000m B Final

Ranjitha Raja finished 5th in 3:03.90

DIVING

Girls’ Individual 3m springboard (Preliminaries)

Chloe Chan Su Lin finished 13th with 313.95 points

BASKETBALL

Boys’ Round Robin

India 20 Singapore 31

Girls’ Round Robin

Chile 16 Singapore 15

SAILING

Girls’ Byte CII

Natasha Yokoyama

Race 7:20th position out of 32

Race 8:6th position out of 32

Natasha is lying in fourth position with 50 net points after eight races

Girls’ Techno293 (Windsurfing)

Audrey Yong

Race 7:7th position out of 18

Race 8: 6th position out of 18

Audrey is lying third with 28 net points after eight races

Boys’ Byte CII

Darren Choy

Race 7:3rd position out of 29

Race 8: 4th position out of 29

Darren is lying first with 38 net points after eight races

HANDBALL

Men’s team (5th/6th placing)

Cook Islands20 Singapore 27

HOCKEY

Boys’ Preliminaries

Ghana 2 Singapore 1

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Newsbreak: Isabelle beaten by Gu, takes girls singles silver

The report:

Isabelle Li may not have won the girls singles gold tonight but I am proud of her. I think the gulf in standards between her and Gu Yuting showed but I also feel that Isabelle has gone beyond expectations in reaching the final.

Remember: although she was Singapore’s best hope of a table tennis medal at the Youth Olympic Games, she was only seeded seventh in the singles tournament. Which means that she was expected to make the quarter-finals at the very least. Anything other than that would be a bonus.

Gu was just too strong for Isabelle but it was stirring to see the 15-year-old Singapore Sports School student going all out especially in the decider despite starring at an almost unassailable 0-3 deficit.

My heartiest congratulations to Isabelle. I think your silver is worth its weight in gold.

Here’s the report of the match from The Straits Times website.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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It’s a silver for Isabelle

(The Straits Times Online, 23 Aug 2010)

By Gerard Wong

ISABELLE Li’s dream run in the Youth Olympic Games table tennis girls singles competition ended with a silver medal on Monday evening when she lost 0-4 to China’s Gu Yuting in the final at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The 15-year-old Singapore Sports School student, who swept Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut 4-0 in Monday morning’s semi-finals and shed tears as she became an improbable finalist, gave her all against the top-seeded Gu. However, the difference in standards was clear for all to see.

Isabelle may have frustrated her previous opponents with her defensive style of play but Gu, who beat South Korea’s Yang Han Eun 4-1 in her semi-final, overcame that with her aggression, speed and accurate smashes. The World Under-15 No. 1, who won the doubles and mixed doubles titles at the 2009 World Junior Championships, raced to a 2-0 lead within 14 minutes after beating Isabelle 11-9 and 11-5 in the first two sets.

Isabelle, who turns 16 on Saturday, gave the partisan crowd something to cheer about when she raced to a 4-1 and then a 5-2 lead in the third set. But the plucky teenager could only watch on helplessly as Gu bounced back to tie the match at 7-7 before winning 11-8 to rack up an almost unassailable 3-0 lead.

In the deciding set, Isabelle went for broke and adopted a more attacking style. The tactic worked initially to the delight of her supporters as she led 3-0 and 5-2. Then, in a repeat of the third set, Gu took over, turned the tables and sped off to a 7-10 lead. Isabelle clawed her way back to 9-10 but Gu eventually prevailed to win 11-9.

Despite the defeat, the crowd applauded Isabelle for her spirited display and for winning Singapore’s second silver of the YOG. The teenager will now pair up with Clarence Chew for the Mixed Team event which begins on Tuesday. Singapore will kick off their group stage campaign with three matches – against Intercontinental 2, Egypt and Africa 1.

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