FAS coaches lash out at Tampines’ Sundram for having ‘no class’

He has been widely tipped by many to be the man to replace the outgoing Bernd Stange for the coveted national team head coach position but it seems that not everyone within the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) set-up is a fan of the Dazzler. 

Garena Young Lions coach Patrick Hesse launched a tirade at Tampines Rovers coach V.Sundramoorthy after the latter refused to allow Firdaus Kasman to play against the Stags.

The Young Lions suffered a 2-1 defeat to Tampines at Jalan Besar Stadium on Sunday evening.

“I am very disappointed that coach Sundram did not allow Firdaus Kasman to play,” slammed Hesse at the post-match press conference.

“Sundram is an assistant coach for the national team and Firdaus is a player of the national team. With his decision, coach Sundram doesn’t help Singapore football.

“We respect the decision of the coach and the topic is closed, but I won’t forget this.”

FourFourTwo understands that an agreement was made between FAS and the Stags for Firdaus, 28, to not play against his former side when both sides did battle in the league.

However in recent weeks, GYL engaged the Tampines management to try and get Firdaus, who is one of the two over-aged players in the developmental squad, eligible for the match against Tampines.

Hesse added: “The (Tampines) chairman said Firdaus can play but the (final) decision lies with (Sundram).

“That (Tampines) is the best team of Singapore and we only have three points. I am very, very disappointed and that is not the class of a national coach.

“Firdaus went with the national team and he didn’t play (as well) ... for three weeks he didn’t play. That is not good for a national player.”

National youth teams head coach Richard Tardy chimed in on the matter as well.

He said: “We need all the best players playing in the big games in the best competitions.

“If you compare both teams, it would be better for the GYL team to field a better team to push Tampines to play a better game.

“If you ask to leave out one of the best players from GYL because you are afraid then we are disappointed as coaches.”

Was Sundram wrong to not allow Firdaus to turn out for the Young Lions? What do you think fans? Let us know!

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