Dear A.S.S. Editor
Making waves quietly in his own right, Fandi Ahmad’s third son, Ilhan Fandi, will spend the next two years in England, in a bid to make it as a professional player in Europe. At just 15 year old, the third of four boys and one girl of local footballing icon Fandi, will spend the next two years in England, in a bid to make it as a professional player in Europe.
The young teen arrived in England last Friday, with his father joining him a day later. Ilhan will live in the school boarding. In addition to training and studying at the college, Ilhan will also train two or three times a week with the i2i Football Academy also based in York. The academy also has contacts with various English clubs such as Leeds and Manchester City.
At the end of the two years, Ilhan will decide on whether to extend his studies, or return to Singapore to serve National Service, or pursue an A Level certificate. Ilhan’s two elder brothers also trained and played overseas, in England, Spain and Chile. Irfan, 20, made his international debut for Singapore a year ago against Hong Kong and currently has seven caps. Ikhsan, 18, played his first senior match for the Lions just last month, also against Hong Kong.
Fandi has another son, Iryan, 11, and daughter Iman, 17.