In a surprise news announced by the Laos FOotball Federation, V Sundramoorthy, the former Singapore national team coach, have been appointed as Laos coach with immediate effect on a three year contract. He will replace Mike Wong, another Singaporean coach who have now taken up the position of Laos Football Technical Director, although he is widely expected to leave the Federation for a post with FIFA as a technical consultant for the East Asia region.
Sundram was the Singapore coach until last year, when he left his post having not won an international game for the entirety of 2017. However, his tenure with Laos will begin immediately with the AFF Suzuki Cup this November. Laos are grouped with Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam.
If Sundram were to face Singapore and Fandi Ahmad in the tournament, both Laos and the Lions need to reach at least the semi final stage. Which seems highly unlikely, as both teams are not expected to go far in the tournament.