Fandi decision applauded

Fandi decision applauded

It is about time Singapore's most famous footballer returned to the national fold, according to former Lions defender R Sasikumar.

The New Paper reported yesterday that the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) had identified Fandi Ahmad as the man to take over as LionsXII coach.

The LionsXII have played in Malaysia's club competitions since 2012 with V Sundramoorthy as coach and won the Malaysian Super League (MSL) crown earlier this year.

Welcoming the news, Sasikumar said: "It's a good reunion and it's always good to see our best talent - be it players or on those in administration - come back and contribute to Singapore football."

From more than the 70 coaches who applied to replace Sundram, the FAS finally decided on Fandi after weeks of deliberation.

The 51-year-old told TNP he will be meeting FAS today to discuss the terms of a two-year contract. If both parties reach an agreement, Fandi will be unveiled as the new LionsXII coach within the week.

Former Singapore forward Abdullah Noor feels that his former teammate has the motivational skills and tactical acumen to guide the LionsXII.

He added: "Fandi is definitely a good choice because he is one of the best local coaches. He will get the best out of the team because the local players are inspired by him and want to play for him.

"Also his teams have always played an attractive brand of attacking football."

There is some talk that the FAS will set a lofty target of a top-three finish for next season's MSL and an appearance in a cup final.

If true, both Sasi and Abdullah Noor says it will be tough for Fandi.

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