Irfan signs for Courts Young Lions

Fandi Ahmad's eldest son will make his S.League debut for the Courts Young Lions against Tampines Rovers on Thursday night.

Irfan Fandi, named one of The Guardian's 40 best young talents in world football last year, has joined up with the Young Lions until June 2015.

The 17-year-old, who can play in both defence and attack, spent last year training with top-tier Chilean side Universidad de Catolica, and has also trained and turned out for Fandi's LionsXII team in preseason.

Irfan also made headlines earlier this year, scoring for the Singapore U23s in matches against Japan U22s and Syria U23s.

Such a move would allow the talented youngster to be a part of the U23s' preparations for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games in June, the first to be held on home soil since 1993.

"We are happy to have Irfan in the Courts Young Lions squad as he is a talented and up-and-coming young player," Young Lions head coach Aide Iskandar said.

"Irfan's inclusion means that I will have more options in both defence and attack as he can play in both positions. Like all other players, he will be fighting for a place in the SEA Games squad.

"Although he has physical presence, the fact remains that he is still young and growing and I will make sure that he is paced correctly to optimise his development as a player."

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