Izwan upset at ‘father-figure’ Sundram's departure

After the announcement of the LionsXII coach’s departure, the Singapore custodian expressed disappointment but wished his former mentor the best of luck

It was a disappointed Izwan Mahbud who spoke to Goal Singapore following LionsXII coach V. Sundramoorthy’s decision to leave the club.

Fresh from being dumped out of the Malaysia Cup by ATM FA 4-2 on aggregate on Saturday night, Izwan was dealt a further blow when Sundram confirmed his departure on Monday.

The Singapore number one admitted it was upsetting as Sundram was highly respected by LionsXII players not only for his training advices, but also because he acted as a father-figure to them.

“Yes I am disappointed [but] for him it’s quite a good adventure ahead [though] we are going to miss him [because] he was a good coach for us," Izwan explained.

“The player learnt a lot from him tactical-wise, discipline-wise. He was [like] a father-figure also, you can talk to him, ask for opinions.”

However, Izwan managed to view the leaving of Sundram' positively in terms of Singapore coaches and hopes that the former Singapore striker will enjoy success in his future endeavours.

“Of course I wish him good luck, it shows that local coaches are recognised outside [of Singapore] and I am sure he will do a good job,” he expressed.

Refusing to dwell on the past, Izwan insisted he was looking forward to the upcoming international fixtures against Laos and Syria, before focusing on preparations for the year-end SEA Games.

“I do not want to plan yet for the SEA Games; after the Syria game, then we will plan out what is ahead of us," he said.