The answer to your questions are best answered by Shahril, Bhaihakki and Hariss.
Are they willing to sacrifice country for self gain in monetary wise? Do they want to play football in MSL second tier when our standard here in SLeague could be better?
Do they want to try their chances in AFC games then playing against UITM, Hicom, KL Spa which most of you here would not even know a clue what these teams represent.
If we are talking about 2nd tier of Jleague or some euro league then fine, but MSL. Very soon, their standard will drop so much that even Stange will say enough is enough.
The Lions XII team should disband soon. If their home games can garner on average 5000 supporters, disband the Lions XII team and scatter the cream to our SLeague teams and these very supporters who supported these Lions XII players in the first place should also be channeled to SLeague. Not 100 pet cent but if only 15 per cent move their support to our league, it would be a success already.
Salary wise, if Safuwan can stick with Lions XII, I do not see why the others cannot.
FAS can partial subsidise some of these national elite players for the clubs because if they choose to represent the teams in AFC competition and should the team do well, it will factor into the consideration of seeding for AFC in Asian Cup for Singapore and Champions League groupings as announced a few days ago.
Ofcourse, Bhaihakki and company cannot demand sky high salary anymore but at least a salary equivalent if not better than the marquee players.
This is one area where our CEO of Sleague must do his part with FAS to come up with a solution. In the meantime, it really is disgraceful to have no upcoming players representing even Home United and Tampines this year. It is already too late for that now, as our teams have struggled over the past four years.
But next year participation can be planned already, if not the following.