Ilhan Fandi: York, England

Upsize and upgrade to keep up with the bigger English boys

Ilhan, the third of Fandi Ahmad's four sons, is studying and training at the Queen Ethelburga's College in York, England, where he plays alongside and against older, stronger boys.
Ilhan, the third of Fandi Ahmad's four sons, is studying and training at the Queen Ethelburga's College in York, England, where he plays alongside and against older, stronger boys.PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ ILHANFA

As an attacking midfielder, Ilhan Fandi is always hungry for the ball. The 15-year-old knows he has to be even greedier though when it comes to meal time.

By his own admission, at 1.65m and 50kg, he is far too frail to make it as a professional footballer, especially after he moved to England last September and enrolled at Queen Ethelburga's (QE) College in York as part of its sport elite programme.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 01, 2018, with the headline 'Upsize and upgrade to keep up with the bigger English boys'. Print Edition | Subscribe