Question marks were placed on the eligibility of V. Sundramoorthy’s after poor results.
Singapore’s under-23 football team has been given the green light to compete at the South East Asia Games in Burma.
There were concerns that V. Sundramoorthy’s players wouldn’t be among the initial list of 286 athletes from 24 that were approved by the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) for the games in December.
Poor results, including a 1-1 draw away at Indonesia and a narrow 1-0 victory over the Phillipines, in their only two friendlies saw their chances of being selected placed into serious jeopardy.
But proved they could meet the qualifying mark of matching the third-place standard from the last Games by chalking up a 1-0 victory over 2011 runners-up Indonesia in July.
And Sundramoorthy expressed his delight that he and the Young Lion have been granted the opportunity to bring home a first football gold from the competition.
“The boys definitely deserve to go to Myanmar,” he told Asia One.
“They had done very well to win the MSL (Malaysian Super League) despite the majority of them being below the age of 23 and competing against experienced professionals.
“This is one of the best-ever batches of young footballers to be produced in Singapore. They deserve this chance to test themselves.”