By Les Tan
Indra Sahdan only has national team football to look forward to for first six months of 2009. (Photo © Les Tan/Red Sports file photo)
National footballer Indra Sahdan turned down a contract to play with Vietnamese League club Hoa Phat because he couldn’t take the accommodation and the food, according to a report in the Straits Times (Saturday, January 3, 2009).
Having to share a room with two other teammates and eating the same food every day wasn’t what the 29-year-old national squad player bargained for.
Indra rejected a contract to sign with Home United in November 2008 because he wanted to pursue his playing career in the V-League and even though the Vietnamese club gave him “an attractive offer”, he turned it down.
Indra cannot now sign with Home United because the club has signed a replacement. Even worse, he cannot sign for another club in the S.League unless he resigns from the Police force, which calls into question why he turned down the contract so precipitously.
Indra was apparently one of the best paid players in the S.League at $10,000 a month and played for Home United for the past seven seasons in the S.League. He scored 10 goals last season.
One would have thought he would have checked about the accommodation and the food before he even turned down Home United.
He now has to wait for the mid-season transfer window in the S.League between June 29th and July 4th to find himself another team.
At least he still has his police job.