Father of Fandi and former S'pore goalkeeper Ahmad Wartam dies

Father of Fandi and former S'pore goalkeeper Ahmad Wartam dies
Former national goalkeeper Ahmad Wartam (third from left) with his son, Fandi Ahmad (right), and grandsons (from left) Irfan and Ikhsan in 2006.

SINGAPORE - Former national goalkeeper Ahmad Wartam, who is also the father of LionsXII head coach Fandi Ahmad, passed away this morning, the Football Association of Singapore announced on its Facebook page today.

Ahmad, 79, had spent a month in the Intensive Care Unit of Tan Tock Seng Hospital for heart and lung problems.

"Our deepest sympathies are with Fandi's family and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult period," the Football Association of Singapore wrote.

Former national captain and current LionsXII coach Fandi has often stated that his father is an inspirational figure to him. Having seen his father play in the 1960s, Fandi the schoolboy grew up imagining himself as a national player.

Ahmad was a fleet-footed left-winger before a knee injury relegated him to goalkeeper. He was even among Singapore's top five sprinters for the 100 yards in the 1960s, along with Kesavan Soon and the late Ernest Frida.

As a goalkeeper for Singapore between 1963-1969, he played in the 1967 Malaysia Cup final, which Perak won 2-1.

yamadak@sph.com.sg

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