Football: Ex-Singapore national football coach Raddy leaves Myanmar post

Myanmar football team training ahead of the AFF Suzuki Cup at Serangoon Stadium on Nov 19, 2014.
Myanmar football team training ahead of the AFF Suzuki Cup at Serangoon Stadium on Nov 19, 2014. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER FILE

SINGAPORE - Raddy Avramovic has stepped down as coach of the Myanmar national football team after 20 months at the helm. He is replaced by Under-19 coach Gerd Zeise.

The 65-year-old Serb's departure was announced on the Myanmar Football Federation's Facebook page. Avramovic, who coached the Singapore national team from 2003 to 2012, could not be reached for comment.

The former Notts County goalkeeper is well known in South-east Asia after guiding Singapore to three Asean Football Championship title in his nine-year spell as head coach of the Lions.

But last year, his Myanmar side failed to progress from the group stage of the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup, as did hosts Singapore.

Zeise's first game in charge is a World Cup qualifier against Asian powerhouse South Korea. The White Angels are fourth in Group G with four points from five matches.

The German guided the Myanmar Under-19s to the Fifa U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, where they finished bottom of Group A and failed to make the knockout round.