14 Jan '11, 3pm

Tap Chinese community to expand football talent: coaches

SINGAPORE: Singapore's national football team was recently disbanded and the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) now wants to rebuild the Lions. Many in the industry point to the lack of a large talent pool from all races, particularly the majority Chinese, as an obvious stumbling block. While the Lions of the 1970s, '80s and '90s saw Chinese players like Quah Kim Song, Seak Poh Leong, Au-Yeong Pak Kuan and Lim Tong Hai, among many others, dazzle and inspire the country, the pipeline of talent from the majority population of Singapore has dried up. Fans of Singapore football have always come from all races. On the field, though, the Malays continue to be the ones keen to pursue the dream of playing for the country. National selectors and the coaches say they cannot find Chinese or even Indian players to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Quah and V Sundramoorthy. ...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews...

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