S-League: Much ado about the Golden Boot

S-League: Much ado about the Golden Boot
Aleksandar Duric.

SINGAPORE - It has never been done in any league competition before.

But Tampines Rovers striker Aleksandar Duric feels that it is only right for the S-League to name this season's top scorer as soon as the first round of matches conclude.

For the first time in its 18-year history, the SLeague has been split into two phases.

After the first round of home and away matches over 22 games - the league will split into two groups.

A half round of matches will follow, with the top six playing each other - five matches each - and the clubs in the bottom half battling each other - also five matches each.

Speaking to The New Paper, former Singapore star Duric feels that the system is unfair in the race for the Golden Boot award.

The 43-year-old leads the scorers' chart with 13 goals, two ahead of Tanjong Pagar's Monsef Zerka, followed by six other players on 10 goals.

Said Duric: "Some players will play against weaker opposition while others play against better teams. So where is the fairness when you decide on the top scorer," he pointed out.

"Zerka will be playing against Home United and Albirex. But (Warriors striker) Mislav Karoglan (10 goals) can score two or three goals against teams like the Courts Young Lions.

"I think the league should decide on the top scorer after 22 games. Maybe even the Player of the Year award, as well."

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