AFF Suzuki Cup 2018

Together, everyone achieves more: Fandi

Ahead of the Lions' AFF Suzuki Cup Group B match against Timor-Leste on Wednesday (Nov 21), interim national coach Fandi Ahmad invited The Straits Times to the team's base at the Oasia Hotel Novena for a quick chat.
Interim national coach Fandi Ahmad may have made his name in football but, to revive the Lions, he watches National Basketball Association games to get inspirational ideas.
Interim national coach Fandi Ahmad may have made his name in football but, to revive the Lions, he watches National Basketball Association games to get inspirational ideas.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Lions coach swears by T-E-A-M ethic, gets men to buy into his harry-hurry-hurt tactics

Life, it does appear, can have a repeat button sometimes. In Fandi Ahmad's case, he has pressed it quite a few times and, from the many rewinds, he found the inspiration to rebuild the national football team.

That button in question is on the touchscreen of his mobile phone. To revive the Lions, he thought out of the box. And his ideas have come from an unlikely source.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 20, 2018, with the headline 'Together, everyone achieves more: Fandi'. Print Edition | Subscribe