7 things in his bag: Fandi Ahmad

7 things in his bag: Fandi Ahmad

Singapore football legend Fandi Ahmad carries a surprising amount of grooming products in his carryall.

There are full-sized bottles of skincare products - cleanser, toner, moisturiser and eye cream - from Lab Series; a full-sized bottle of Dove shower cream; a Gillette shaver and shaving cream; and a bottle of Abercrombie & Fitch cologne.

"I guess that's why I still look good at 52," says the Lions XII coach, cheekily.

But the facial hair he is currently sporting has nothing to do with vanity or some hipster trend.

For the past month, he has been growing out a moustache and beard as the ambassador of the annual charity initiative Movember.

The initiative encourages men to keep moustaches for a month in November to raise funds and awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer.

This is the first time he has not touched a razor for more than two weeks.

"My wife isn't quite fond of the look, but it's for a good cause," says Fandi, who is married to former South African model, Wendy Jacobs, 40. She is currently a part-time etiquette and grooming teacher at the Institute of Technical Education.

He has her to thank for his youthful looks, he says.

"She is always buying me all sorts of skincare products. There are times that I don't like what she buys, but those in my bag are the ones I really like," he says.

But when it comes to clothes, the former Singapore captain prefers to do his own shopping.

"My style is pretty simple; I just want to look presentable," says Fandi, who was wearing a Calvin Klein shirt and Giorgio Armani jeans.

The couple have been married for 18 years and have five children - Irfan,17; Ikhsan, 15; Iman, 14; Ilhan, 11; and Iryan, eight - each of whom has inherited their father's sporting talents.

Irfan and Ikhsan are in Chile, training with professional football club Universidad Catolica. The younger boys are keen on football too.

As for his only daughter Iman, a sprinter at the Singapore Sports School, she has also picked up her mother's good looks.

She was a finalist in this year's New Paper New Face modelling competition and was awarded Miss Popularity and New Look Miss Fashionista.

While Fandi seems less than enthusiastic about a modelling career for his daughter, it is evident that he is a loving father.

"Some people think that she won those awards because she's my daughter, which is what I don't like about such competitions," he says.

"But if it's something that she's interested in, I'll always support her."

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