“The S.League has no visibility.” – Dez Corkhill, S.League commentator

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A long-time observer of Singapore football, Dez Corkhill, shares his take on the state of Singapore football. He believes that the lack of support from the mainstream media has retarded the development of football in Singapore.

“The biggest issue I see – and I work in the media – is that the S.League has no visibility. The local papers will report, not on a match from the previous night, if it’s a humdinger, they will preview [an upcoming game], for whatever commercial reasons. It’s wrong. It needs to be changed.

“It needs television profile. The only television profile it gets is the Friday night game on MediaCorp. It needs more…. It’s up to the local media. It’s up to the Straits Times. It’s up to MediaCorp. It’s up to SingTel. It’s up to StarHub. It’s up to the FAS to create a package that will enable content to be delivered to these guys. And that content can be good,” said Dez.

He also observed that the introduction of Brunei DPMM FC has energised the league, its troubles with FIFA notwithstanding, giving local fans something to talk about.

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Discussion4 Comments

  1. I think they can change the names all they want and it wouldn’t make any difference.

    Singapore is not so big that its people identify themselves by the area they live in.

    Maybe they identify themselves by the food stalls they patronise:

    “Wah, you know the Punggol nasi lemak, I drive all the way from Jurong to go eat, man!”

    You never hear Singaporeans talk about S.League clubs like that. Well, at least I haven’t.

  2. Despite having 12 S-league clubs, there are only a few clubs that are community-area based. These clubs are namely Tampines, Woodlands. As such few fans feel a bond to support their clubs. My suggestion would be for Geylang to change their name to Bedok International, Gombak United to Jurong Gombak, Balestier to Toa Payoh Balestier, Sengkang Punggol to Hougang Punggol. And how about a club in Clementi, perhaps Clementi West Coast.

  3. bring back Jurong FC, would love to see the Cobras back in the S-League. supported them when they were still in the league with players like Rafi Ali, Bashir Khan, Samawira Basri and notably the Brazilian duo of Fabio Da Silva and Fabio Veloso.

  4. just like the kallang stadium, it wun be the last time we hear such comments about our league again

    currently, nobody want to take responsibility. The gahmen, ministry, FAS and the league are all ‘dun ask, dun tell’ when it comes to the state of our sleague

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