Sep 07, 2016

    Fandi may take up Pahang offer

    SINGAPORE football legend Fandi Ahmad is reportedly close to leaving the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) fold, 33 months after he was hired as coach of the now-defunct LionsXII.

    Fandi, whose contract with the FAS ends in December, is said to be mulling over a lucrative offer from Malaysian Super League (MSL) side Pahang FA, whom he played for from 1991 to 1992. He also has a good relationship with the Pahang FA president.

    Pahang have set Friday as the deadline for Fandi to accept their offer. It is believed that Fandi, currently an FAS staff coach, would prefer to stay - but only if the FAS backs his long-term plan for national youth teams over several major games.

    He is also helping national caretaker coach V. Sundramoorthy with the senior team.

    The FAS is planning a last-minute meeting tomorrow to persuade Fandi to stay.

    The 54-year-old, currently in Indonesia on a scouting trip, could not be reached for comment. The Straits Times is waiting for a response to its queries to the FAS.

    Should Fandi leave, this will mark the end of his second stint in the FAS fold, having previously coached S-League side Young Lions, a developmental squad, from 2003 to 2006.