It’s been a while since I wrote anything on the Redbacks’ Domain. At the time of writing, I am still hanging out at Changi Hospital. Just want to take some time to thank my teammates: Jaz, Amir, Aidil and Raizal for visiting me and adding some cheer to my boring days.
At the same time of writing, my comrades are battling away against Ultras in our last league game of the D2D League. My thoughts are centering around how many players have made the trip. Despite calls from various corners for players to be more proactive and committed in turning up for games, it seems to me that attendance continue to suffer. No matter what system we put in place, this situation continue to perpetuate itself, making for some frustrating moments for the team’s management.
To think that one of the main reasons I decided to go for the ACL surgery was to become a more effective footballer for the Redbacks. Now, I wonder if there will still be a Redbacks when I am deemed fit enough to return to action. Together with Jaz, we have spent many nights wondering how do we reinvigorate the team. How to improve attendance? How to improve our quality of play? How to improve team spirit and morale? How to make coming to matches an experience to savour for Spiders from all walks of life. In a simple phrase, we care a lot for this team.
I am very sure that this team means a lot to many other players as well. 6 years is a long time for any amateur footballing outfit to survive. Now, it’s up to us to ensure that Redbacks FC continue to live a long and fulfilling life. It’s going to be an uphill battle to keep this team going but I am sure that there will always be Spiders who are willing to give their all to the cause.
I think about our players from the past who have been scarce lately. People like Azam and Aki who were the pioneers of RBFC. I understand that as we go through our journey of life, priorities change. I see RBFC as more than just a football team. To me, it’s a band of brothers. RBFC are made up of people who I meet the most, after my family, close friends and colleagues. Therefore, it goes without saying that you guys mean a lot to me.
Being out with an injury, not to mention spending the last few Sundays in a hospital, has given me a new sense of appreciation what RBFC means to me. Sundays used to be the days I would count down the hours to kick-off. It’s when I pack my football bag with my equipment: the tools of the trade, the weapons for the battle. It’s the day I imagine who I’ll be lining up with and who I will be up against. There used to be such a buzz on matchdays.
Now, Sundays are just dull. But I’m sure it’s temporary. One day, I’ll be out there in the fields again, doing what I love the most.
To my teammates who are out in footballing wilderness, I hope you guys come back to the team on a regular basis. The truth is, we miss you. What is a team without its players? You guys are the heartbeat of this team and no matter what we say or imply, you guys are always welcome to play for the team whenever you can.
To Samy, Aidil, Mikael, Taufiq, Wan Jr, Sani, Hisham, Azhar, Joe, Fairus, Azam, Izat, Hilmi, Raizal, Faizal, Yusman, Juffry, Oggy, Alfiah, Epul, Zaini, Aziz, Bob, Aki, Desmond, Hidayat, Mok, Amir, William, Halim, Hazri, Rosli, Fahmie, Irwan, Amin, Ernest and all the other players who I have forgotten to mention.. Thank you for your contribution to the team and I hope to see all of you back on a regular basis.