Football: Ikhsan Fandi focused on task as he begins Norway adventure

Ikhsan Fandi on trial with Raufoss against top-tier Norwegian club Mjondalen on Saturday. He is the first local-born Singaporean in 30 years to join a European football team.
Ikhsan Fandi on trial with Raufoss against top-tier Norwegian club Mjondalen on Saturday. He is the first local-born Singaporean in 30 years to join a European football team. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARIUS MYKLESET

Singapore's Ikhsan Fandi has vowed to make an impact in Norway, after signing a two-year contract with Norwegian second-tier team Raufoss on Saturday.

The deal, worth a few thousand euros a month, made the 19-year-old the first local-born Singaporean international to join a European team in 30 years, and only the third to do so after V. Sundram Moorthy (FC Basel, 1988-89) and Ikhsan's father, Fandi Ahmad (Groningen, 1983-1985).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 14, 2019, with the headline 'Ikhsan focused on task as he begins Norway adventure'. Print Edition | Subscribe