Football: Fandi Ahmad to lead U-20s in friendly against Mauritius U-21s on March 11

SINGAPORE - Singapore football legend Fandi Ahmad will lead the national Under-20 team in a friendly match against the Mauritius U-21 team on March 11.

The fixture was announced on Thursday at the Football Association of Singapore's headquarters at Jalan Besar Stadium. Fandi was joined by FAS interim president Lim Kia Tong and Mauritius Football Association Paul Didier Gnanapragassa.

It will be the first time that Fandi will be leading a national side in an official match since his appointment as the FAS' head coach (youth) last October. The match, to be played at the New George V Stadium in Mauritius, is part of a line-up of activities to celebrate the country's 49th Independence Day on Mar 12.

The 54-year-old's current appointment will see him lead Singapore at the 2019 and 2021 South-east Asian Games as well as in qualification for the 2018 Asian Games and 2020 Olympics.

Last month, he had set himself a target of winning the SEA Games gold - a feat that has so far eluded Singapore.

The former national forward is looking forward to the upcoming clash, noting Mauritius' physical approach.

He added: "I'm very excited for the players. They've worked very hard for the last few months. It will be a good chance to see where they are at."