Football: Ikhsan Fandi joins elder brother Irfan at Home United

Ikhsan Fandi, 16, will feature in Home's Prime League squad.
Ikhsan Fandi, 16, will feature in Home's Prime League squad.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - Just two days after the signing of promising young footballer Irfan Fandi, S-League club Home United have followed that up by snapping up his younger brother Ikhsan.

Ikhsan, a 16-year-old striker, will feature in Home's Prime League squad, a developmental and reserve side mainly comprising youths. The Protectors, whose head coach Philippe Aw is known for giving youngsters first-team opportunities, finished runners-up to Tampines Rovers in the Prime League last season.

Ikhsan served notice of his talent at the Lion City Cup last August when the forward scored a perfect hat-trick of goals with a header and strikes from both feet for the National Football Academy (NFA) Under-16 team against the Liverpool U-15 side in a 3-3 Lion City Cup draw at Jalan Besar Stadium.

 

At Home, the youngster will get to train regularly with the senior team, with a possibility that he could be promoted to the first team to feature in S-League games.

He said: "I look forward to playing alongside the senior players in the team, and definitely to scoring a lot of goals this season."

The Protectors were buzzing with excitement over the new recruits. The club's Facebook announcement called the Fandi brothers "Double Dragons", and also stated that "Ikhsan plays behind the striker, leveraging on his vision, brilliant ball control and the ability to dribble, shoot and pass over both short and long distances."

Irfan, 18, and Ikhsan are former national captain Fandi Ahmad's two oldest sons.