The former Singapore international believes that many young players have been overlooked while Maidin reflected on the lack of nurturing
The headlines in Straits Times on 11 September read ‘Coach Avramovic blames lack of fresh talent on stagnant S.League' and the national team coach was quoted as having said: "Look at the S-League, do you see any exceptional young players?"
That prompted the Football Association of Singapore to issue a statement on the matter, indicating that they shall be seeking clarification from the Serbian on the comments which was attributed to him before deciding on the next course of action.
Raddy’s assessment of the S.League drew reaction from all quarters including fans, players and former Member of Parliament, Maidin Packer.
Maidin believes that there are talents in Singapore but feels that due to the limitations and obstacles they face, many choose to leave the sporting scene early on in their career.
“Many talented sportsmen know that they could have a better future if they can carve a niche is some other profession," said the former MP.
"As long as we don’t give adequate priority to sports to polish the talents and give high income to them, we won’t make it any further. Once a player see the many goods and benefits in it, they will be more dedicated to excel.”
Former national player and current SAFFC custodian, Shahril Jantan expressed shock at the Serbian's comment as he told Goal.com: "As a professional footballer that has seen the S.League since its inception in 96 and making my debut in 2000, I was taken aback by his statement.”
“I have seen and played with many talented young local players and several of them have gone on to become full internationals. But having said that, many more has been left unnoticed and were not given a chance to prove their worth and potential.”
“We never know if those that have been ignored would have gone on to become an important player in the national set up. We never lack potential players, it’s just that these players lack the opportunity to shine.”