Former Singapore star Fandi Ahmad is new LionsXII coach

Former Singapore star Fandi Ahmad is new LionsXII coach

The Football Association of Singapore announced his appointment on Saturday evening, ending a two-month-long search triggered by V. Sundramoorthy's decision to leave for Negeri Sembilan.

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According to the statement released on Saturday, his tenure will begin Dec 12.

Here is the full statement from the Football Association of Singapore:

SINGAPORE - The Football Association of Singapore today announced that Mr Fandi Ahmad has been appointed as LionsXII Head Coach on a three-year contract, with an option to extend for another two years.

Fandi, who clinched two league titles during his tenure as coach of Singapore Armed Forces Football Club (now known as Warriors FC), will commence employment on December 12, 2013.

"I am delighted and honoured to have been selected from a pool of more than 70 applicants and I would like to thank the Football Association of Singapore for the opportunity to build on the success achieved by coach V. Sundramoorthy," said Fandi, who holds the AFC Pro Diploma Coaching License, the highest coaching certification in Asia.

"I know from experience that it will not be easy for the league champions to defend the title. Having said that, I am happy that we have a strong team which includes at least 15 players who have been capped at the international level.

"The composition of the team - including both players and backroom staff, coupled with the support from my colleagues and stakeholders, has given me confidence that we can secure a top three placing in the league. We will also try our best to reach the final of a Cup competition next season," added Fandi.

"My last match in the Malaysia Cup as a player was against Pahang in the 1994 final, and 20 years later, my first match as LionsXII coach will be against the same team on January 17," Fandi said, in reference to the Charity Cup 2014 match.

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