Football: Irfan Fandi, 19, to make Lions debut against rivals Malaysia?

Home United player Irfan Fandi, the eldest son of Singapore football icon Fandi Ahmad, could soon get his first senior international cap.

The Straits Times understands that Irfan will be named in national caretaker coach V. Sundra- moorthy's squad for the upcoming friendly matches against Malaysia and Hong Kong.

The Lions take on Causeway rivals Malaysia at the National Stadium next Friday. They then play Hong Kong at the Mong Kok Stadium on Oct 11.

Irfan, who can play either as a centre back or a striker, declined to comment. The 19-year-old is serving full-time national service.

He did play briefly as a centre back in a closed-door friendly on Monday, when a Singapore Select team took on Cambodia at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Standing at 1.87m, Irfan is widely considered one of Singapore football's brightest prospects.

In 2014, he was named by British newspaper The Guardian as one of the top 40 young talents in world football.

Irfan Fandi shaping to shoot during his first training session with the senior national team in March as his father Fandi Ahmad watches on at the Geylang Field. The 19-year-old may receive his first senior cap against Malaysia next week.
Irfan Fandi shaping to shoot during his first training session with the senior national team in March as his father Fandi Ahmad watches on at the Geylang Field. The 19-year-old may receive his first senior cap against Malaysia next week. THE NEW PAPER FILE PHOTO

He was also part of the SEA Games team that crashed out of the group stages in Singapore last year. But he impressed whenever he played, particularly when he set up a goal for forward Faris Ramli against Cambodia in the Under-23 competition.

The two friendly matches are part of the Lions' build-up towards the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup in November. Sundram has set a semi-final target for four-time winners Singapore.

Singapore are drawn in Group A with the Philippines, four-time winners Thailand and Indonesia.

Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam and the winner of the qualification tournament make up Group B.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2016, with the headline 'Irfan to make Lions debut against rivals Malaysia?'. Print Edition | Subscribe