Fandi gives a boost to SEA Games coaching

Fandi gives a boost to SEA Games coaching
Pelita Jaya coach Fandi Ahmad (right) and his assistant, Kadir Yahaya, talking during a training session at the club’s training complex in Sawangan Depok, Bogor, Indonesia.

More than 100 kids were present, enjoying friendly kickabouts at different corners of the Singapore Indoor Stadium on a cheery Saturday afternoon.

It was the launch of his F-17 Fandi Ahmad's Academy of Football Excellence, and the Singapore legend had it all under control, even though his movement was slightly hampered by a rib injury.

He knew almost every boy and girl by name, what their strengths and weaknesses were, dishing out friendly advice to both serious and recreational players, and even giving a goalkeeping crash course to a hapless little boy who was stranded between the posts.

Every 10 minutes, Fandi would stop to cheerfully entertain another photo request with fans, young and old.

It was clear the 51-year-old still holds a special place in the hearts of most Singapore football fans.

And now, Fandi wants to reciprocate by returning to the national fold after stints in Indonesia and Malaysia.

With V Sundramoorthy set to sign for Malaysian Premier League side Negeri Sembilan and relinquish his position as SEA Games coach, there's a chance Fandi could be involved with the Under-23s in Myanmar this December.

Coaches and fans The New Paper spoke to welcomed the potential move.

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