Football: FAS to present Sundram as Lions caretaker coach on Friday afternoon

Tampines Rovers coach V. Sundramoorthy has agreed terms for a one-year contract to helm the Singapore national team.
Tampines Rovers coach V. Sundramoorthy has agreed terms for a one-year contract to helm the Singapore national team.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - V. Sundramoorthy is set to be the country's next national football head coach with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) expected to announce his appointment on Friday (May 27).

The Straits Times understands that the FAS will present Sundram as the Lions' caretaker coach to the media at Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday afternoon at 4.30pm.

Tampines Rovers coach Sundram has agreed terms for a one-year contract. His main target will be to reach the semi-finals of the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup, which will be co-hosted by Myanmar and the Philippines in November and December.

There are plans by the FAS to extend the 50-year-old's contract, should Singapore do well in the biennial regional tournament. This will be Sundram's second spell as the caretaker coach of the national team. In 2013, he had a short stint in charge as the FAS hunted for Raddy Avramovic's replacement.

On Tuesday, Sundram helmed his final Tampines game as he masterminded the Stags' brilliant 2-1 win away at India's Mohun Bagan. Victory was achieved against the odds as Tampines had a man sent off and Afiq Yunos' winning goal in extra-time came from a set-piece routine devised by the tactician.

A former Singapore international striker, Sundram began his coaching career at the now-defunct S-League club Jurong FC and previously coached the Young Lions. In 2013, he enjoyed one of his finest hours in the dugout when he led the LionsXII to the Malaysian Super League title.