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Naming & shaming underperformers in footie and other national teams

In Footie on 06/12/2011 at 6:16 am

I knew our footie teams were not gd. But I didn’t know they were this bad, winning in 2011 only 24%, or seven of 29 matches, across all age groups. The full national squad won only one of seven games (14.2%) played this year, not counting friendlies.

A year ago the Lions team could only remain in the group stages of the AFF Suzuki Cup, and the players and coach Radojko Avramovic were criticised. Our footie authorities did shumething unique, not seen in footie. They sacked the team but kept the coach even though the coach had been around for a decade. When an EPL, Serie A or La Liga team does badly, the manager (we call him “coach”) gets sacked. They don’t dismiss the players and build a new team around the manager.

But if the Lions are replaced again, but the Lions’ coach remains unchanged, it would again remind me of what Bertolt Brecht German and Marxist playwright and poet   wrote. After an uprising in East Germany that was brutally crushed, he wrote:

After the uprising of the 17th of June

The Secretary of the Writers Union

Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee

Stating that the people

Had forfeited the confidence of the government

And could win it back only

By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier

In that case for the government

To dissolve the people

And elect another?

And while I’m on failure in sports, three cheers for Dr Tan Eng Liang. After the SEA Games in November, he clinically and dispassionately assessed the athletes and sports bodies, giving grades A to D based on medals won, or not won. He gave a D to eight sports – sepak takraw, weightlifting, archery, basketball, football, golf, dragon boat and petanque. They didn’t win a single medal.

He said, “I will make some recommendations to the SNOC and expect the players and NSA (national sports association) to do something with the situation. There could be tightening of selection criteria for example, sports that didn’t get any medals, we might be more strict with selection.”

As taxpayers money and national pride are involved, he is right expect high standards from the sports bodies and athletes.

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  1. Better for PAP to just sack all the athletes and the people involved with sports, including the fat-assed civil servants handling the S in MCYS. Change it back to just Comm Dev like it belongs. Save taxpayers money and dump it into the reserves. Now they’re simply raiding & stealing the reserves to skive and avoid having a real job that is more productive than running after a ball that they cannot kick and then pretending to be athletes.

    Use the money saved for more useful purposes like education and healthcare. Or go buy some oil & gas deposits, commodity companies, rice paddy fields, farms, wheat fields, corn, sugar cane, just buy up 10% of New Zealand. We will need these for sure in the next 30-50 years. Not some football teams that cannot kick.

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  3. To me, the sports is a pure waste of time. Let face it, we are not a sporting nation. Some countries are great at sports, others suck. Our country sucks big time.

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