Singaporean takes on a significant role with Thai football

Former Football Association of Singapore (FAS) official Benjamin Tan has taken on a senior position with the Premier League of Thailand (PLT).

The 39-year-old Singaporean will become the deputy chief executive of the PLT, which is widely considered the strongest league in Southeast Asia.

Tan, an experienced football administrator who has also worked with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), had previously held the post of deputy director of development and planning with the FAS.

He will also be involved in club licensing in his new role.

“It has been a previlege to get an opportunity to work here," Tan said of his appointment.

"It’s an exciting opportunity and I believe the Thai League has potential to be among the best of Asia, if we look after it carefully.

“To work with the Premier League of Thailand is very exciting but challenging as well. When I worked for the AFC, I saw many clubs in Thailand and they have determination to improve.

"It’s important to move forward together, because that’s good for the league and national team.

“I’m a Singaporean though I’m sure that ASEAN nations know Thai football is the best of South East Asia. It proudly represents the region.”

Thai football is enjoying a major surge at the moment, with the national team making it through to the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Thailand topped their group in the second round of qualifying and will compete against the likes of South Korea and Australia for a spot in Russia.

The PLT is also extremely popular, with teams such as Buriram United, Muangthong United and Chonburi regular competitors in the top-tier Asian Champions League.

Tan’s departure is a loss to the Singaporean football scene, with the FAS still to amend its constitution ahead of electing a new president, as reported by FourFourTwo last week.

Tan's departure is a blow to the local football scene. Photo: Benjamin Tan