KALLANG ROAR IS DEAD. AND HERE ARE 8 REASONS WHY.Sunday, 30 November 2014 14:09
So last night's AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 final group match against arch-rivals Malaysia saw Singapore losing 3-1 through some very questionable calls by the referee. But hey, we are not here for some detailed match analysis (you can get those from other football sites), instead, let us tell you why we failed as supporters. Why the Kallang Roar is dead.
1) ATTEMPTS TO DO KALLANG WAVE - FAILED
Starting off the kick-off, we saw 2-3 rounds of good Kallang Waves being done. Well, it ended everytime at the Malaysian side because really, they were in their own world (I'll get to that later). But after that, we hardly did any sh*t. The Singa Mania fans tried to revive the wave later on some time before the 1st half ended annnnnd....no it did not happen. It started there and ended there. The only good thing about it is that I dont think people realised their efforts. So its not very paiseh.
Dead factor: 6/10
2) HARIMAU MALAYA FANS OWNED THE STANDS
What's huge in numbers but packs no punch? Yup thats right - its you people who were at the stadium yesterday wearing Red! Singaporean fans could certainly learn a thing or two or even more from the the Malaysian fans/supporters/cheerleaders. Call them ultras, fanatics or even crazy die hard fans - but one thing's for sure, they owned the stadium last night. Singapore fans, #AwakKatMane?
Dead factor: 8/10
3) SINGAPORE FANS WERE BEATING TO THE BEAT OF THE MALAYSIAN DRUMS
Yup, were we suckered into clapping our plastic pompoms to the beat set by the Malaya Ultras (i.e Malaysian fans). We could not even come up with a proper cheer which we could all sing and cheer together. Oh wait, we did have that moment - the National Anthem before the kick-off. But to be honest, that too was not sung by everyone. Did we forget how to sing our National Anthem?
Dead factor: 6/10
4) SINGAPOREANS JUST WANT TO WATCH THE MATCH, NOT SUPPORT
We are not fans. We are not supporters. We just want to pay money to watch something LIVE and that's it. To be honest, OKTO channel was showing the game LIVE with replays and better angles on TV. So the next time if you feel like you simply want to preserve your voice and watch the match munching on your overpriced popcorns and drinks, do it at home.
As what one fan lamented on FB, "Laughing at your fellow Singaporeans who are singing & shouting is not support. Telling the fans in front of you who are standing up to cheer to sit down is not support.". This is just sad.
Dead factor: 7/10
5) WE ONLY HAVE 3 WORDS IN OUR FOOTBALL VOCABULARY
Can you guess what the 3 words are? Yeah, if you had been in the stadium last night 3 words were constantly chanted and shouted by the Singapore fans from all walks of life. "BOO", "B*TOH" and "KAYU" were the cheers of the night. Pretty sad considering the fact that the Malaysians had more vocabulary than us in this field....annnnd they do not aggressively scold their players or referee often. They just kept singing & cheering.
Dead factor: 4/10
6) WE BOO OUR OWN PLAYERS FOR MAKING MISTAKES
When Faris Ramli (Singapore's #11) ran down the wing, fans were cheering. The moment he lost the ball or failed to pass to a player (the fans deemed fit), he was booed. Seriously Singaporean fans, if you think it is THAT EASY to control the ball under such fast paced, highly competitive game, why not you don the Singapore jersey and play. #CheerNotBoo
Dead factor: 4/10
7) UN-SINGAPOREAN JERSEYS
Walking around the stadium, I noticed Singapore fans wearing red coloured tops. Upon closer look, majority of the people attending the Singapore VS Malaysia game were wearing foreign team jerseys such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Germany and Bayern Munich. One wonders if it was local stars against Malaysia or was it a European selection playing that night.
Dead factor: 5/10
8) WE DONT CLEAR UP OUR OWN MESS
Last but not least, unlike the Japanese and Myanmar fans who stayed back after their respective games in our National Stadium to clean up the mess, SOME of our Singaporeans still feel that it is an entitlement for them to simply walk away leaving their rubbish on the seats and floor and let the young-looking (student?) cleaners clear up our sh*t. If we cannot even take care of our stadium, don't be surprised that we get owned on and off the pitch by visiting teams. #NoPrideForOurOwnStadium
Dead factor: 3/10
We simply cannot blame the team for the loss because the supposedly 50,000 "12th player" in the stadium were so darn silent (in perspective) and toothless against the visiting teams. It is always easy to put the blame on the referee or the players for our country's loss in the game but as "Singapore supporters/fans", we ought to ask ourselves if we ever had any sense of pride for our football or this stadium in the first place.
We are selective about our football matches and probably most do not know the names of the players in the team. Being there alone is not really helpful if we just keep quiet, eating our popcorns as if its a movie and trying to get our $40 tickets worth.
Clearly there is something wrong with our attitude and mindset when it comes to Singapore football matches or sports for that matter. Unlike Malaysia, we are not "Sehati. Sejiwa." yet (translation: One Heart. One Soul). If we do not find a way to bring back the true football passion of yesteryears, we can kiss our Kallang Roar and this supposedly "Cauldron of Fear" stadium goodbye forever.
Writer: N. Murcielago
A fun loving friend made from 3 different scoops of ice-cream. But no, he's not obese. Loves all things sporty and working out a sweat at the gym or fitness corner, simply because it is free. And football, that too is fun.