"Japan Football Association’s annual budget is around $264 million, the Chinese Football Association’s budget is around $180 million, the Korean Football Association’s budget is around $95 million while Football Federation’ Australia’s budget is around $60 million......"
"Even our regional Asean neighbours have continued to invest heavily in the game, for example, The Indonesian Football Association has a budget of around $112.5 million, Vietnam Football Federation has a budget of around $60 million, Football Association of Thailand has a budget of around $ 52 million and Football Association of Malaysia has a budget of around $35 million........."
"FAS have on the other hand worked within a modest budget of $9.7 million....."( taken from FAS Strategic Plan Address, April 2010)
Money is what we need, Honestly!
|An injection of investment is needed to bring back life to a dull and "colourless" Singapore football|
I thought we are a "football-mad" country. I thought we knew that success comes from hardwork and brave investment. I thought that we are willing to do whatever it takes to be a World Cup participant in football. And I thought, we just hate losing to our fiercest rivals in football, the Tigers.
But how, are we going to do that with a budget that is worth only spare change to our regional rivals who are also struggling to make it in the Asian footballing scene? To expect continued success with a budget as stated above is really ridiculous, especially when our neighbours are investing much more.
In an ideal world, the desire to win should be the motivation for players and officials to do well. It is for the country and pride like most people will say but this is not an ideal world that we live in.
In this day and age in world football, money solves almost everything but not everything. With money, better infrastructure can be set up. With money, the world's best sports scientists, sports psychologists, nutritionists, coaches, pitches, stadiums and players will be ours. Investment MUST be put in place without the mentality that we ought to get some back. The willingness to pump in the cash should be there first and the returns will definitely come later when we reap the fruits of our labour and investment.
How on earth are the Vietnamese able to offer a prize money to the team, greater than the prize money of winning the AFF Suzuki Cup? How on earth can Thailand keep getting big name coaches to try and change their fortunes. How on earth can Indonesian Football Association charge so much money for tickets to a game. And how on earth can the Malaysian Football Association get so much investment when the Malaysian League is deprived of the best foreign talent that they can get their hands on?
Needless to say, the underlying reason why there seem to be the lack of support is of course the mentality. Everyone wants success but not everyone is doing their part to ensure that success in local football is in their hands. Could it be the system? Could it be the players? Could it be the clubs? Or could it be the fans.
In my humble opinion, lets just say that everyone has to shoulder the blame.
The clubs are not doing much to reach out to the fans.
There seems to be a lack of investment from those that can invest.
The players are not doing themselves any favour with disciplinary issues ( still a debatable topic )
And the fans are not doing enough to convince the investors.
It is a cycle that can stop with one major stakeholder in football ; THE FANS. We can do something on our part.
My series of the "10 things you can do for Singapore football" should come in handy for this.
So, it is obvious what my wish for Singapore football in 2011. Please, we need the money. From anyone, any donor or any company or even donations from the streets. We need that. And another thing as well, lets not have the mentality that someone will do something for us because noone will help us but ourselves. Lets stop playing the waiting game and wait for any changes. Lets all spark that change!
A Lion is definitely a more fearsome animal than a tiger and certainly more powerful than a bird (garuda) or an elephant. A Lion is the King of the jungle. And our Lions ought to be the King in this region. But we tend to forget, that a hungry Lion is a mere pussycat if it is left without any food........