S-League: Let them speak up

S-League: Let them speak up
Football coach Johana Johari (in black), in his first appearance as interim coach, applauding his Hougang United players.

SINGAPORE - We need to create more personalities in the S-League, not keep a lid on them.

So it is always a blow to the media when we learn that players or coaches - particularly quotable ones - are no longer allowed to speak publicly.

Earlier this week, The New Paper was hoping to speak to Hougang United coach Johana Johari to get his thoughts on what lies ahead for his team.

With three games to go before the SLeague's new "half-round", the Cheetahs are already out of the running to finish in the top six of the league.

But we found out that he has been barred by the club from speaking to the media.

Why? Because Johana speaks his mind and occasionally shoots from the hip.

He infamously accused Balestier Khalsa of playing "pinball" after Hougang beat them 2-0 in a RHB Singapore Cup clash last month.

Sure, his comments ruffled a few feathers, especially in the Balestier camp.

But this is the sort of extra colour the SLeague could certainly use.

The comments have also given fixtures between the two teams an extra spice - SLeague fans now dub the fixture the "pinball derby".

Anyway, don't managers in the English Premier League also take potshots at each other from time to time?

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