Football: Irfan and Ikhsan Fandi to continue playing in Chile after Singapore stint

Back in Singapore until June, Irfan Fandi has been impressive so far in his outings for the national Under-23 football team and S-League side Courts Young Lions but the teenager sees his future in South America.

Together with younger brother Ikhsan,15, the two eldest sons of former Singapore captain and current LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad conducted a kids coaching clinic for their sponsors CIMB Bank at ITE College Central on Saturday morning.

The brothers led children in an hour-long session, giving out pointers to improve their dribbling and shooting.

Irfan revealed that after his commitments with the Under-23s end after June's SEA Games, he will return to Chile to continue his development at top-flight side Universidad Catolica.

"I want to play in South America for the next two years and then decide on my plans after that,"said the 17-year-old.

The striker scored the Under-23s solitary goals in the 8-1 and 2-1 defeats by Japan's Under-22s and Syria's Under23s recently. In his S-League debut, he played as a centre-back and helped the Young Lions restrict title favourites Tampines Rovers to a slim 1-0 win.

Ikhsan, currently training with the national U-16 squad, will head back to Chile next month and he already has his sights on matching what Irfan had achieved for Aide Iskandar's side.

He said: "Irfan is a motivation to me. When I saw him score against Japan and Syria, I too wanted to have that feeling.

"Playing and learning in Chile will help me to get better and hopefully allow me to reach the level I want to."

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