Sizing up the Dazzler: Sundram's track record so far
V.Sundramoorthy (May 2016 - present)
Record: P13 W2 D3 L8
Win percentage: 15%
Sundram started off his stint with a bang, guiding the Lions to a comprehensive 1-0 victory over Myanmar in the AYA Bank Cup in his first game in charge.
However, the Lions failed to pick up any victories in the following six games. A heavy 3-0 defeat to Vietnam (albeit in extra time) followed, before an embarrassing 2-1 away loss to Cambodia, the first time the Lions have lost to their Southeast Asian neighbours since 1972.
Performances did pick up though, after losing to Bahrain via three penalties, while they were unlucky not to win at home against Malaysia after hitting the crossbar thrice.
Sundram’s side then lost 2-0 defeat to Hong Kong, although it can be said that he was trying out the likes of the untested Iqbal Hussain and Irfan Fandi, as well as Shawal Anuar.
Prior to the Suzuki Cup, Sundram endured another loss, 2-0 to Syria this time before his side finally picked up a 1-0 win against Cambodia.
Everyone feared the worst at the regional tournament and they were not wrong as Singapore posted its worst-ever showing at the Suzuki Cup, with one points from three games.
Yet, Sundram was given a two-year extension at the beginning of 2017. Many lambasted the deal, especially after Singapore went down 2-1 to Afghanistan in March in a friendly fixture.
But just days later, the head coach pulled off a remarkable result by holding Bahrain to a 0-0 draw in their first Asian Cup qualifying group game.
If the head coach can continue to inspire his side to gain points and qualify for the Asian Cup, he will be the first Singapore coach to ever do so.