Let's not lose Chinese and Indian talent

Let's not lose Chinese and Indian talent

All four fans agreed that Singapore needs to attract more talent from the Chinese and Indian population.

Munasar Abd Rashid, who was on Woodlands Wellington's roster in the S-League in 2010, has played with many talented Chinese and Indian footballers in his younger days.

"There are a lot of talented players out there, especially in the youth set-up" he said.

"But, in the end, the Chinese and Indian boys will always choose education over football. Always."

Football Association of Singapore (FAS) president Zainudin Nordin said in an interview two weeks ago that the country needs to tap on talent from the Chinese and Indians, especially when it makes up around 80 per cent of the population.

Yip Siu Ming felt that one way to solve the problem would be to ensure there are clear options for footballers once their playing days are over.

He added: "There have to be options for players once they retire, and not just the coaching track.

"Many young players turn their backs on the game when they realise that they will be lost after they stop playing professionally. We have to create such options for our athletes."

Geylang United fan Tan Hwee Heng was at the Jalan Besar Stadium to watch the Lions take on Syria in an Asian Cup qualifier last week, and he pointed out that Singaporean Chinese hardly featured in the stands even.

At the TNP fan forum yesterday, Tan said that Chinese and Indian parents here have to provide the "support structure" for their children to take up the sport.

"They have to think of football as a worthwhile and viable career option for their children," he said.

"If they don't even support the national team, then how can they aspire or strive to play the game."

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