Aide has done good by the team, says FAS President | Singapore Informer

SINGAPORE: Under-23 football coach Aide Iskandar resigned on Thursday night, after Singapore lost 1-0 to Indonesia, crashing out of the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games competition. 

In a statement to the media late Thursday, Football Association of Singapore President Zainuddin Nordin had said he understood Aide’s decision, but hoped to persuade him to change his mind. 938LIVE spoke to Mr Zainuddin on Friday (Jun 12). 

Q: What was your immediate reaction to Aide’s resignation?

A: First and foremost, it was quite sad. We knew that it was an emotional moment, not just for the team, but Aide and I think everyone in Singapore. It was a bit sad and disappointing for the team so I didn’t want to push the issue further. Let him think about it and reflect upon it. So I think we are all sad and we are shocked by his decision.

Q: Are you still dissuading Aide from leaving? What if he is insistent on leaving? What then?

A: I think you know, the SEA Games is a very important event for us Singaporeans and I think he also has the desire to achieve as much success as possible. I think it is and emotional moment for him. I would like to leave it for him to reflect and maybe after things have calmed down, the grass has settled, we will take the opportunity to talk to him and discuss on the way forward. I think that’s the best way to do it.

Q: What do you have to say about speculation about how Aide was not given free rein in selection of goalkeeping coaches? Could that have influenced his decision?

A: No. I think we can always discuss about things, this and that, but nevertheless I think we should look at the…

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