Lions for Japan training camp next month
Sundram's men set for Japan training camp next month
A three-week long centralised training stint next month will help V Sundramoorthy lay the groundwork for Singapore's AFF Suzuki Cup campaign in November.
For now, though, the national coach is happy enough seeing his players once a week.
Last night, Sundram put a group of national players through a two-hour training session at the Geylang Field, as part of the national team "training day" initiative - set up by previous national coach Bernd Stange - which sees every Monday being set aside for the Lions to come together.
It was the first time he met his players since they returned from the AYA Bank Cup quadrangular international tournament in Myanmar, where they finished runners-up.
Singapore beat Myanmar 1-0 on June 3 to reach the final three days later, but lost 3-0 to Vietnam after extra time.
Sundram told The New Paper last night: "We already have all the Monday sessions planned.
"Today, we had a briefing with the boys and went through some areas of our performance at the AYA Bank Cup.
"So we're going to do some tactical work based on that.
"The most important thing (about the weekly training days) is team bonding, getting the boys together... We will have our centralised training, and then training tour in July.
"That's when we can work more on what we want to do."
TNP understands the Lions will get together for centralised training in Singapore from July 8 to 18.
Then they will have a training camp in Japan until July 29.
While there, they are likely to play at least three sparring matches against J.League sides.
TNP also understands there are plans to arrange an international friendly before the players return to their respective clubs.
Sundram, who welcomed new faces like Warriors FC winger Hafiz Nor, Home United defender Abdil Qaiyyim, Hougang United attacker Iqbal Hussain, and Garena Young Lions defender Shannon Stephen at the training session yesterday, said he was appreciative that the S.League clubs had released all the players he wanted.
"We need to thank the clubs for being supportive," he said.
"Together, we can work for the interests of Singapore football. It's very pleasing."
The most important thing (about the weekly training days) is team bonding, getting the boys together.
— Lions coach V Sundramoorthy