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Promising future but Ikhsan Fandi needs to move abroad

To compare whether V. Sundram Moorthy's overhead kick against Brunei in 1993 or Ikhsan Fandi's bicycle-kick effort over Timor-Leste last week was better is missing the point.

Both goals are special, but Ikhsan's is arguably more important because after a slump, Singapore football needs a new goal-scoring hero to win games, as well as to attract, excite and inspire a new generation of fans who were too young or not born when Sundram sizzled two decades ago.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2018, with the headline 'Promising future but Ikhsan needs to move abroad'. Print Edition | Subscribe