Tampines Rovers’ Chairman, Krishna Ramachandra, featured prominently in Thursday night’s Election Manifesto presentation at the Fullerton Bay Hotel’s Clifford Pier, before an assembly of enthralled media and invited guests.
Krishna, a vice-presidential candidate in Hougang United chairman Bill Ng’s Game Changers team, was keen to share his views on what needs changing in Singapore football in order to take the game forward, after so many years of moribund activity.
While the Game Changers’ leader, Bill Ng, spoke passionately and with evidently strong views, most of the others, Krishna included, had plenty to say too.
The event was a lavish one, with a sumptuous buffet laid on for guests and media, accompanied by a free-flow of drinks and with no expense spared.
Host for the evening was the genial Steven Tan, who had the task of managing the Game Changers’ Powerpoint presentation and keeping the fired-up speakers in check.
Everyone on the Game Changers’ nine-strong team was out front facing the assembled 150 gathered at the waterside venue.
Bill Ng began the proceedings, outlining the key points of his team’s Manifesto and by turns his panel-members had their own chance to contribute, offering insights in line with their own personal expertise.
Krishna and fellow-candidates for the vice-president positions, Annabel Pennefather and Doctor Teoh Chin Sim, gave everyone the benefit of their own specialist knowledge, the latter in the realm of women’s sport and sports medicine, respectively. Both women spoke from the heart about essential improvements they feel are needed to bring Singapore football to the next level.
Chairman of National Football League (NFL) club Kaki Bukit, Zaki, the remaining candidate for a vice-president spot, elaborated at some length about his own vision for the neglected competition of which he’s a crucial part.
The perpetual themes reverberating throughout proceedings were the collaborative ambitions of Bill Ng’s team, which he was quick to point out was certainly no one-man-band and was at pains to describe the team’s intentions of taking a bottom-up approach to the organisation of Singapore football, should they be elected on Saturday 29th April in the first elections for its football administration to take place in the nation’s history.
Bill Ng got up a full head of steam as he outlined his background in the local game and his previous dealings with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) during his many years in the game.
Deputy-president candidate, Lau Kok Keng, wrapped things up towards the end of a lively evening, explaining many of his own experiences when vice-chairman at Geylang International for four years. His can-do approach to sprucing up Geylang’s Bedok Stadium brought much mirth to those listening to his account of trying to do something to improve the lot of loyal Eagles’ fans. Lau’s witty repartee and useful summing up was a nice way to bring things to a conclusion as host Steven Tan thanked everyone for their attendance and hoped-for support at the end-of-month’s decisive vote.