Sporting Life

Little things have big roles to play in local football

SEA Games players Joshua Pereira (left) and Zulqarnaen Suzliman walk into the Football Association of Singapore premises in Jalan Besar Stadium on Dec 11, 2019.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Here's what I'd do with the Young Lions. Not just the nine footballers who allegedly broke curfew, but all of them. I'd buy them a copy of a book, Inspired by Steve Redgrave, and ask them to turn to page 72.

Redgrave is a great rower, a man of water not land, but he's in a team, too, sometimes pairs, sometimes foursomes. In 1997, he's at a training camp, 35 years old, a diabetic with ulcerative colitis who feels so drained, so damaged, he trails his teammates in every training session. And now in the hills, his cycle punctures.

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