Football

Quah 'surprised' by new S.League rules

He might already be 62, and his days might be spent catching up with friends and taking care of his two young grandchildren.

But former Singapore striker Quah Kim Song's heart still lies in football.

After the launch of his book "Pass Kim Song the %#@* ball! The Quah Kim Song Story", The New Paper spoke to the former Malaysia Cup hero about the state of local football.

"Frankly, the officials are trying very hard to improve the S.League," he said.

"If you ask me, the publicity given to local football now is way more than what we ever had in our time.

"I just wish that more fans came down to support the players, because they deserve to be supported."

After Quah retired in the early 1980s, he was still involved in the sport, serving as chairman of Tampines Rovers and the director of competitions at the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) over the years.

He resigned from the FAS in 2010.

While the league has evolved, Quah expressed his surprise at the slew of new measures implemented, such as a cap on players over-30 and the reduction from 12 teams to 10.

"I was taken aback by it, to be honest. I read about it in the newspapers, and I do not know their reasons behind it," he said. "They may have their basis for all that, like wanting more younger people to play.

"But, if a guy who is in his 30s and can still play, then I think they should let him play."

Turning his attention to the Suzuki Cup tournament later this month, Quah had high hopes for Singapore.

He said: "I think we're in a difficult group and it's important for the fans to come and support the team.

"I wish them all the best, I hope the stadiums are full and that they win the Cup."