LionsXII break-up imminent as offers pour in

LionsXII break-up imminent as offers pour in
Coach V.Sundramoorthy shaking the fans’ hands for their support at the Selayang Stadium where the LionsXII crashed out of the Malaysia Cup after a 2-4 aggregate loss to ATM in the quarter-finals.

No angry words or pointing of fingers.

Even after witnessing his side's Malaysia Cup dreams dismantled in the most comprehensive of manners, all LionsXII coach V. Sundramoorthy had to say to his boys was: "Thank you."

It was arguably the biggest hint yet that Friday's 1-4 quarter-final second-leg defeat by ATM will be his final match in charge of the Singapore outfit.

For now, he is keeping his cards close to his chest, saying that he will inform the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) tomorrow of his decision to accept or turn down its offer of a new deal.

However, the 47-year-old is believed to have already agreed on a move to coach Negeri Sembilan, who were relegated to the second- tier Malaysian Premier League.

Should Sundram leave, the list of candidates to succeed him is believed to include former national captains Fandi Ahmad and Aide Iskandar.

With a bevy of suitors for stalwarts like Hariss Harun, Baihakki Khaizan, Isa Halim, Safuwan Baharudin and captain Shahril Ishak, Friday's match could also spell the end for the potent spine of the LionsXII team who clinched the Malaysian Super League earlier this year.

Vice-captain Hariss on Saturday confirmed for the first time that he is in talks with big-spending Johor Darul Takzim.

"There's an offer on the table from them and the FAS has spoken to me as well," the midfielder, 22, revealed.

"Playing overseas has always been one of my goals but I am considering my options and will sort out my future within the next week or two."

Similarly, talismanic skipper Shahril has also been offered a new two-year contract to continue donning LionsXII colours.

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