Unsurprising that Young Lions failed to prove worth again

It is not surprising that Singapore's Under-23 football team will not be part of the squad participating in August's Asian Games in Indonesia (No go for Fandi's Lions at Asian Games; June 27).

The players should not feel disappointed because they have only themselves to blame. Playing in front of a mere 1000 spectators, which included officials from the Singapore National Olympic Council who were there to observe and gauge their performance, in a friendly against Myanmar, the Young Lions failed to prove their worth yet again.

When have they won in previous matches? They have either lost or, at best, drawn a match.

It is quite obvious that they lack fitness and skill. Their passes have been erratic and, when in front of the goal post, instead of kicking the ball into the net, they have ballooned it or kicked the ball skywards.

Spectator attendance has been dwindling and will continue to do so unless they start scoring goals.

Their lacklustre performances, which have shown no improvement thus far, will keep fan support at bay.

Neo Poh Goon

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2018, with the headline 'Unsurprising that Young Lions failed to prove worth again'. Print Edition | Subscribe