A deep look: FAS elected council’s first month in charge

One month on from being elected at the landmark first Football Association of Singapore (FAS) elections, FFT finds out what changes the new council has brought…

Tighter internal control

After the fiasco that saw a $500,000 donation from Tiong Bahru FC pass through the FAS to the Asean Football Federation, the new council has already acted to prevent a re-occurrence of such an event.

At the advice of local sports governing body, Sport Singapore (SportSG), FAS has already set up two committees to look into the FAS' internal and external governance matters.

The new council will exercise tighter control over its processes

The first committee will take a close look at internal processes while the latter will manage communication with FAS’ affiliates and how better the FAS can support them.

The committee looking into the internal process is led by FAS deputy president Bernard Tan and council member Kelvin Teo while the external governance committee is headed by council members Darwin Jalil and Yakob Hashim.

The disclosure requirements of council members, staff, volunteers and players in the FAS have been widen, while an external audit will be called to assess the organisation’s adherence to the April 2017 Revised Code of Governance for Charities.

Re-look at Foreign Sports Talent scheme

The FTS scheme will be considered again

New FAS president Lim Kia Tong revealed that talks are underway for the Foreign Sports Talent scheme to be brought back, with Home United’s duo Sirina Camara and Song Ui Young, and Warriors FC’s Jordan Webb singled out for the scheme.

Lim has already requested national team coach V.Sundramoorthy to put together a strong case as to why the trio should be allowed to don the national colours of Singapore.

The last time a footballer received citizenship under the FST scheme was in 2010 when China-born striker Qiu Li was called up to the Lions’ squad.

Winston to remain in charge

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Lee (left) will stay on in his role

After being embroiled in a very public spat with Hougang United chairman Bill Ng over the controversy surrounding Tiong Bahru FC’s S$500,000 donation to the Asean Football Federation (AFF) via the FAS, questions were asked about Football Association of Singapore (FAS) general secretary Winston Lee’s future at the association.

But the new FAS council has said that 52-year-old Lee, who was arrested last month and subsequently released on bail after a police report was lodged by SportSG, will remain in his position.

Job fears calmed

The council went out to allay fears that a overhaul would take place

Eight of the 15 council members met FAS staff to thank them for their hard work and assure them of their futures in the association, mere days after the new team’s victory in the elections.

This was done so as to allay fears that the new council would overhaul the staff at the association.

While the move was welcomed by the staff, it was criticised in some quarters, with football fans taking to social media to comment on how it sent a message that the new council was not keen on making any substantial changes in the association.

Review of S.League CEO

The S.League is currently ran by Kok (right)

The S.League chief executive officer role has been vacant since Lim Chin left the role at the end of March.

Mr Kok Wai Leong, S.League's director of operations, has since been overseeing the operations of the league.

The appointment of a new CEO was one of the first moves expected to be made by the new council but there has yet to be any telling news on that front.

Vice-president Edwin Tong recenty told local media that there was a possibility that the council could decide on doing away with the CEO role as he revealed that a review of the S.League was underway.

New vice-presidents Teo Hock Seng and S Thavaneson have been put in place of overseeing the review.

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