S-League clubs raise doubts over ASEAN Super League

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KALLANG, SINGAPORE - JUNE 22:  (SINGAPORE OUT)Mahathir Azeman #3 of Singapore U-15 passes the ball against  Juventus FC U-15 during the 2011 Canon Lion City Cup match between Singapore U-15 and Juventus FC U-15 at Jalan Besar Stadium on June 22, 2011 in Kallang, Singapore.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images for SSC)

With the Asean Super League (ASL) set to start in August 2016, ’s clubs are concerned over what the future holds.

For most of the local clubs, the main worry is that they have yet to hear from the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) of its plans to lead the local league into its 21st season next year.

Geylang International coach Jorg Steinebrunner feels the FAS – whose president Zainudin Nordin heads an Asean Football Federation committee working on the format of the upcoming ASL – should come out to calm the worries of the S-League fraternity.

“If they are going to launch an ASL, then at least let us know early,” said the German.

“At this time, most clubs are already planning for the next season, in terms of assessing areas of improvement and players to sign.

“Even if it’s not so good news for the S-League, at least give the players and coaches some time to plan and prepare for what is next.”

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