Worst-kept secret: Fandi to coach LionsXII

Worst-kept secret: Fandi to coach LionsXII
Fandi Ahmad, Singapore football legend

SINGAPORE- The worst-kept secret in Singapore football is finally out - Fandi Ahmad, as expected, is the new LionsXII coach.

His appointment was confirmed yesterday evening by the Football Association of Singapore - two months to the day that V. Sundramoorthy relinquished the role after two years in charge.

"I'm finally home," Fandi, who has spent that past seven years coaching in Indonesia and Malaysia, told The Sunday Times.

"It's nice to be back serving my country."

The former national captain has signed a three-year contract, with an option of a further two years.

While no figures have been revealed, he is unlikely to earn anywhere near the $30,000 a month that Johor Darul Takzim paid him.

After all, Sundram is believed to have been on $8,000 a month during his time in charge of the LionsXII. It is understood that he was offered $15,000 to stay on but elected to take over at Negeri Sembilan.

A day after his resignation, The Straits Times reported that the FAS had lined Fandi up as a replacement, with "an 80 per cent chance of him leading the team".

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