Hougang chairman Bill Ng to contest in FAS Elections

A spokesperson for Hougang United confirmed to FourFourTwo that its chairman Bill Ng will field a team to challenge FAS provisional council president Lim Kia Tong in the upcoming FAS Elections.

"Bill will draw upon his corporate experience as a mergers and acquisitions specialist specialising in rescuing distressed companies to revitalise Singapore football, which has fallen into a rut,” the spokesperson said.

Singapore fell to a record low ranking of 171 in the Fifa ranking of footballing nations in October 2016 and were eliminated from the group stages of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup, garnering a single point and scoring only one goal in three games.

S.League clubs can and must be financially viable. We will explore new ideas to make that happen. The present model which relies mainly on subsidies is unsustainable

- Hougang spokesperson

The spokesperson added that improving the health of the S.League will be one of the team’s main agenda.

S.League clubs can and must be financially viable. We will explore new ideas to make that happen. The present model which relies mainly on subsidies is unsustainable,” he added.

“Any young footballer who is good enough should have the confidence that he or she can make a progressive living playing professional football."

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If elected, Ng intends to make fans proud of Singapore football again

Under Ng’s stewardship, Hougang United have gone from a debt-ridden club into a self-sustaining outfit and they are believed to be the only S.League club which is able to operate without the $800,000 annual subsidy from the Singapore Tote Board. The club registered a profit of more than $2 million dollars in 2014.

It is believed Ng also intend to devote more resources to grassroots and woman football, if he is elected.

"There have been instances where venues are double booked or match officials do not turn up, so we will re-look at the NFL (National Football League)," said the spokesperson. "Women’s football has been growing fast and we will do our best to help it continue to grow. This will be a new playing pillar in Singapore for us to focus on."

Krishna Ramachandra, the chairman of Tampines Rovers and managing director of Law Firm Duane Morris & Selvan LLP, and Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) vice-president Annabel Pennefather are believed to be on Ng’s slate, with the other members “to be revealed in due time”.

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