S.League 2017 Good & Bad: A promising season being overshadowed

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Why Pablo?

There has been plenty of talk this week about the whereabouts and justifications over a certain sum of money that Bill Ng, a candidate for the FAS presidency in the upcoming elections and current Hougang United chairman, gave to the FAS.

But another transaction involving Ng should be getting scrutinised – the decision to sign Pablo Rodriguez.

The Spanish striker has now appeared in five matches for the club (four starts and one as a substitute) and he has had as many goals in a Hougang shirt as the Young Lions have points on the table – namely zero.

There has been plenty of discontent over his performances, plus the fact Hougang’s neat passing play clearly doesn’t suit the physical unit that is Rodriguez.

Ng may have more important matters at hand at the moment due to the election build-up, but surely the search must be on for a replacement for Rodriguez already, if the forward does not buck up.

Election talk overshadowing the league’s action

Logging into my social media accounts over the last week, all that I saw related to local football was about Ng, Winston Lee and Zainudin Nordin (and I thought we had heard the last of him).

Don’t get me wrong, I understand and appreciate the attention that the local football scene has received ahead of its first ever elections, but the only thing open should be the election itself, not the public airing of the dirty laundry.

Now, even SportSG have become involved to clean up the mess and so all the talk in offices and cofee shops will be about the elections and the drama that surrounds it.

Forgotten will be the fact that for the first time in a long while, three teams could be competitively fighting for the title.

Billy Mehmet (right) scored but couldn't prevent another DPMM loss

Forgotten will be the fact that DPMM lost yet again and are shockingly in the doldrums, ahead of only the Young Lions.

Forgotten will be the fact that there is actually a decent S.League campaign going on.

Quietly, the league has taken the backseat once again. This time, it is not the LionsXII that have the best seat in the house, it is the white-collared men who supposedly seek to return the game to where it belongs.

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