Fandi hopes to return to his roots

Fandi hopes to return to his roots
Fandi Ahmad, Singapore football legend and Johor Darul Takzim coach, reacts during a training session held on an artificial pitch in Kluang, Johor on 18 June 2013, prior to the Malaysian Super League (MSL) match against LionsXII to be held at the Jalan Besar Stadium on 22 June 2013.

He is a wanted man across the Causeway, with open and lucrative invitations at several Malaysian Super League clubs. But Fandi Ahmad has his heart set elsewhere. In an exclusive interview with The New Paper, Singapore's favourite footballing son admitted that he just wants to come home.

Said the 51-year-old, who last worked with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) in 2006 as assistant national coach:

"It would be great if I'm given the opportunity to help out at the SEA Games.

I'm also open to helping to coach a national team, be it the senior side or the Under-23s."

It was a strange admission from the former Singapore captain, who was replaced as Johor coach two months ago.

Strange because just eight months earlier, he had described the FAS as "incompetent" for hiring consultants to search for a new national coach.

But the former star striker insisted that all of that is water under the bridge.

Said Fandi, who sources say has offers from PKNS and former club Pahang: "At the end of the day, I'm Singaporean, and I will never forget my roots.

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