Football: FAS presidential hopeful Bill Ng defends his team's integrity

Hougang United chairman Bill Ng and Green Rubber Group chairman and founder Vinod Sekhar displaying the new kit after signing an extension to the sponsorship deal at the club on Feb 15, 2017.
Hougang United chairman Bill Ng and Green Rubber Group chairman and founder Vinod Sekhar displaying the new kit after signing an extension to the sponsorship deal at the club on Feb 15, 2017. PHOTO: SPH

SINGAPORE - Hougang United chairman Bill Ng, who is contesting the presidency of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) in the April 29 election, has spoken strongly about his team's integrity and credibility.

In a press release sent out on Wednesday evening (March 22), the 57-year-old said: "There has been chatter in the last week about the integrity and intention of my team and I. We can assure you that our sole intention is to modernise the Singapore game from grassroots up, as well as from the administration and leadership levels.

"Integrity needs to be inherent in the credentials of any person who chooses to undertake this monumental task, and I expect that of both parties running for this presidential election."

Ng, who intends to unveil his running mates in the coming week, said that his team "consists of qualified senior professionals who have leadership records in sporting administration on both local and international levels".

While he has yet to announce his manifesto, Ng hinted that it will revolve around modernising the FAS and the sport's eco-system.

He said: "It (Singapore football has to) be modernised and the politics must be removed. The focus must be on the credentials and who can do better for our game. And it cannot rely on one or two individuals in positions of power; our collective expertise led by a common guiding principle will lead our game on the right path."