Fandi and Sundram to assist Stange at World Cup qualifiers

Sundram and Fandi under the microscope, perhaps for future role as national coach

SAME PAGE: Sundram (above left) and Fandi Ahmad (above, right) will be given different duties by national coach Bernd Stange.
"That is the highest honour, for a coach to take his own national team." - V Sundramoorthy (right, with former national teammate Fandi Ahmad in 1989) "It’s always an honour to represent Singapore, be it as player or coach. I have always stated my desire to coach the national team. This passion has not changed, and I’m ready to serve the country and help groom players and take Singapore football to the next level." - Fandi Ahmad (left)

They have long since hung up their boots, but are by far still the most recognisable faces in the football fraternity, and indeed, the Singapore’s larger sporting community.

Fans have called for one or the other to take over the reins of the national football team, and now both V Sundramoorthy and Fandi Ahmad - neither of whom has kept his desire to lead the national team in the future a secret — have been called in to assist Bernd Stange for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.

The duo were named in Stange’s coaching team — along with a 21-man squad — for Saturday’s friendly away to Bangladesh, and a June 6 fixture against Brunei in Singapore, reports Shamir Osman.

The New Paper had reported on May 16 that Sundram had been registered as assistant coach to the 67-year-old German, but the addition of former Singapore skipper Fandi suggests the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) aim to have a closer look at which of the two could earn the nod in the future.

Read the full report in our print edition on May 27.

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Special delivery: Couple fly breast milk to Kedah every month

M'sian couple working here take 80 packets of frozen breast milk to baby in Kedah every month

DEVOTED PARENTS: Mr Chen Wei Chow and his wife Lau Chai Hoong pack frozen breast milk which they bring from Singapore to their hometown in Malaysia.
MARKED: Each bag of milk is carefully marked with the amount it holds, and the date and time it was expressed.

This Malaysian couple take frozen breast milk from Singapore to their hometown in Kedah, Malaysia, for their eight-month old baby daughter.

Mr Chen Wei Chow, 33, and his wife, Madam Lau Chai Hoong, 32, who work in Singapore, go to great pains to pump, store and transport 80 packets of breast milk each month.

Madam Lau pumps breast milk six times a day. The milk is then put into special plastic bags and frozen.

The couple then pack the milk in a styrofoam box before bringing it with them to Kedah.

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Korean Dota teams use S'pore to play due to its faster Internet speeds

Professional Korean gamers choose to compete in Dota 2 
from S'pore, spending thousands just to reduce their gaming lag

COMPETITIVE: (Above) Members of Team MVP.Hot6ix from South Korea are coming to Singapore. Their game is Defense Of The Ancients 2, also known as Dota 2.
COMPETITIVE: Members of Team MVP.Hot6ix from South Korea are coming to Singapore. Their game is Defense Of The Ancients 2 (above), also known as Dota 2.

Two professional Dota 2 teams from Korea will be spending more than $13,000 to come to Singapore for a few days, just so they can reduce their gaming lag by one tenth of a second.

The 11 members from MVP.Hot6ix and MVP.Phoenix are expected to touch down at Changi Airport around 2.30pm this afternoon.

The eSports teams will be in Singapore to play the qualifying rounds for The International, the biggest competition for popular computer game Dota 2.

They can play from anywhere in the world, including South Korea, where they are based, but they have chosen to play from here because they can cut down their online lag by 100 milliseconds (ms), or one-tenth of a second.

The players measure time in milliseconds (1ms is one-thousandth of a second).

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