Players from Singapore best among ASEAN imports – Satianathan

KUALA LUMPUR — Selangor coach B. Satianathan feels that players from Singapore are of a higher quality compared to those from other ASEAN nations plying their trade in the Malaysia League (M-League) this season.

He based this on the fact that five Singaporeans currently playing in the M-League were also key players in their national team.

“Their performance is very consistent and it’s worth getting their services because players from Vietnam, Myanmar or Thailand tend to ask for very high salaries compared to Singapore imports,” he said in a statement issued by the Malaysian Football League (MFL) today.

Satianathan also said that footballers from Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar also tended to make other demands.

“On top of that, their cultures and languages are far different to ours and, added to that, they aren’t too keen to come here either,” said Satianathan, whose Selangor side has one Singapore import in Safuwan Baharudin.

The coach also cited other factors which made Singaporeans the preferred imports for teams in the M-League. Among them are the players’ good personality, skills and discipline and as well as their ability to build a good rapport with fans and media.