Wednesday, November 30, 2011

S-League Awards - Not for Winners

S-League Champions Tampines Rovers woke up this morning realising that all their nominees for the S-League Awards 2011 did not end up with a single trophy, much like the Etoile team of 2010.

Steven Tan, winning the S-League on his debut season as head coach (just like Patrick Vallee), was deemed not good enough when compared with Koichi Sugiyama - the Japanese in his 2nd season with the Albirex Niigata (S) FC  and clinching the club's 1st trophy this year.

Aleksandar Duric, the only "Singaporean" nominated for the awards and constantly scoring against the top clubs, was deemed inferior to Miroslav Karolgan. For the record, Miroslav had not been banging in the goals against top clubs and most of his 33 goals hauled against teams from the wrong half of the table.

While the curtains have already been drawn down on a long and packed schedule for clubs, one thing is certain: There could be rallying cries to support 'our' league. But until and unless the management bucks up, I do not see why the S-League would be visibly happy with being the "Top 10 League in Asia".

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