As a Singaporean, I loved success as much as anyone. I think it is great that Singapore got into the third round of the Asian World Cup qualifiers. I watch it live on TV and as the ball was passed around in midfield by Singapore…I wonder if I can still call it Singapore?
This is how the question came about. As the ball was passing around in the midfield, the commentator said something to the effect of “John Wilkinson to Alex Duric to Shi Jia Yi to Mustafic Fahrudin to Daniel Bennett.” 4 passes, 5 players, and not a Singapore-born player among them.
In case anyone doesn’t know yet, Daniel Bennett and John Wilkinson are from England; Shi Jiayi is from China; Mustafic Fahrudin from Serbia and Duric is a former Australian born in Bosnia. Add them to Precious Emuejeraye and Agu Casmir from Nigeria and I have to wonder; is this Singapore or Singapore FA. I mean if you take out Fazrul Nawaz on the left, the whole of the midfield are foreigners.
I understand success is important and I love victory as much as the next Singapore. But let be honest here; it’s not Singapore 2 Lebanon 0, but the Singapore FA 2 Lebanon 0.