So yesterday, TODAY leaked the answer to the question that many local football fans have been wondering about: Who will be leading Singapore’s Lions into the next Suzuki Cup and possibly even into the Asian Cup Qualifiers.
And that person will be V. Sundramoorthy.
Well, at least we are getting a Singaporean coach this time.
For those who aren’t familiar with Singapore’s local football scene, Sundramoorthy was a national footballer during the 1980s and 1990s. He played for the Singapore Malaysia Cup team before moving to Switzerland to play for FC Basel. Unfortunately, he did not make it big at Basel, moving back to Kedah FA in 1989. He played for a few Malaysian teams during this time but came back to the S-League in 1995 to play for Woodlands Wellington. His last stint as a footballer came with Jurong FC before he retired in 1999.
Just in case you were wondering, Sundramoorthy did not end his career trophyless. He won the Malaysia Cup with Kedah FA and in fact, scored the first goal in a 3-1 defeat of Singapore in the 1990 Malaysia Cup final.
After his 16 year career as a footballer, Sundramorthy moved on to coach S League teams, such as Jurong FC, Young Lions, LionsXII & currently Tampines Rovers. His stint at LionsXII is probably the most notable part of his managerial career as he led the newly formed LionsXII to the 2013 Malaysia Super League title, which continues to be one of the proudest moment of Singapore football.
And now, we have a real Singaporean coach leading our national team. Perhaps this time, Singaporeans can get behind and support our very own.
No matter whether you believe in his ability to win us some trophies or even drag us up the FIFA World Rankings, one thing we can all probably agree on is that it’s time to give a Singaporean coach a chance.
There will always be those that believe our coaches aren’t good enough or even possibly got the job through political connections. But you can’t deny that he has won before and I’m sure his wins in 1990 and 2013 weren’t because of his connections in 2016.
Let’s just wish our new national team coach the best of luck. He’ll need it.
Cover picture from The New Paper