Carrying on Fandi's legacy

Ilhan Fandi gives his take on who he thinks is the best footballer in the family and how it's like growing up in the Fandi household.
Right: Ilhan Fandi training at Geylang Field in Lorong 12 with the Young Lions. His father says that while he has the best technical abilities among the three oldest brothers, he is not as mature and developed at the same age as Irfan and Ikhsan. ST
Above: Ilhan Fandi training at Geylang Field in Lorong 12 with the Young Lions. His father says that while he has the best technical abilities among the three oldest brothers, he is not as mature and developed at the same age as Irfan and Ikhsan. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Right: Ilhan Fandi training at Geylang Field in Lorong 12 with the Young Lions. His father says that while he has the best technical abilities among the three oldest brothers, he is not as mature and developed at the same age as Irfan and Ikhsan. ST
Above: The three boys (from left) Irfan, Ikhsan and Ilhan in their childhood. PHOTO COURTESY OF WENDY JACOBS
Right: Ilhan Fandi training at Geylang Field in Lorong 12 with the Young Lions. His father says that while he has the best technical abilities among the three oldest brothers, he is not as mature and developed at the same age as Irfan and Ikhsan. ST
Irfan.
Right: Ilhan Fandi training at Geylang Field in Lorong 12 with the Young Lions. His father says that while he has the best technical abilities among the three oldest brothers, he is not as mature and developed at the same age as Irfan and Ikhsan. ST
Ikhsan.

Ilhan aims to be No. 10 and play in Europe, dad says he's better than siblings with the ball

A footballer with three brains. That was how Noh Alam Shah described the waifish 15-year-old who ran rings round Young Lions head coach Fandi Ahmad and goalkeeping coach Chua Lye Heng during a training match last year.

Said Alam Shah, a former national striker and now Young Lions team mentor: "The boy was making a fool out of them with his tricks and flicks. He was skinny, but his footwork, coordination and composure made it look like he plays with three brains, and we knew then he could be a special player."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2019, with the headline 'Carrying on Fandi's legacy '. Print Edition | Subscribe