Sundram has best chance

Sundram has best chance

It has been almost five months since their Malaysia Super League (MSL) triumph.

But the LionsXII have been given more recognition for their historic achievement of being the first Singapore side in 19 years to win the title.

The team are in line for up to five awards at the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) annual awards.

Goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud, defender Baihakki Khaizan and forward Shahril Ishak have been named among the six top MSL players in their respective positions.

V Sundramoorthy was also one of the six coaches nominated.

Coaches from the MSL and second-tier Malaysian Premier League (MPL) will cast votes in each of the categories, and the winners will receive their awards at a ceremony in Selangor tomorrow week.

The player who receives the highest percentage of votes will also be given the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

National skipper Shahril, who will play for second-tier Johor Darul Takzim II next season, said his former coach would make the most deserving winner among the Singaporean quartet.

"I think Sundram has the best chance to win an award," said the reigning ASEAN Footballer of the Year.

"He did a great job in guiding a team of young players to the title.

"We (the LionsXII) had a team of experienced players in 2012 and only finished runners-up in the MSL, so that goes to show what an achievement it was this season."

Sundram, who left Singapore last weekend, will coach MPL team Negeri Sembilan next season.

Sundram's main rivals are Bojan Hodak of Malaysian FA Cup winners Kelantan, Dollah Salleh of Malaysia Cup winners Pahang, and last year's award winner B Sathianathan from ATM FA.

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