Ikhsan can't wait to get started

S'porean eyes promotion to top flight after trial with two-time Norwegian champs Start

Singapore forward Ikhsan Fandi on the attack for his Norwegian second-tier club Raufoss. He enjoyed his experience training with top-tier side Start but a possible move is on hold owing to the coronavirus crisis. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ IKHSANFANDI
Singapore forward Ikhsan Fandi on the attack for his Norwegian second-tier club Raufoss. He enjoyed his experience training with top-tier side Start but a possible move is on hold owing to the coronavirus crisis. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ IKHSANFANDI
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Even as the top European football leagues sweat on whether they will complete their seasons amid coronavirus-enforced suspensions, over in Norway where football competitions usually begin in spring, the concern is when the upcoming season will kick off.

The uncertainty has had a direct impact on Singapore football starlet Ikhsan Fandi, whose hopes of making the leap up from the Norwegian second division to the top tier now hangs in the balance.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2020, with the headline Ikhsan can't wait to get started. Subscribe