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Fandi to take charge of the Young Lions: FAS

Fandi Ahmad will take charge of the Young Lions for the 2018 S.League season, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) said in a press statement on Thursday.

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"Effective immediately, coach Fandi Ahmad will take over the responsibilities of preparing the Young Lions for the 2018 Asian Games as well as the 2019 SEA Games.

Head coach of national youth teams Richard Tardy will also be released early from his contract by mutual agreement, said the FAS

"Assisted by former national team captain Nazri Nasir, coach Fandi will also lead the Young Lions in the 2018 domestic professional league as part of their preparations," said the statement.

As part of a "strategic shift in the delivery of the FAS’ youth development plans and for the preparation of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games", head coach of national youth teams Richard Tardy will also be released early from his contract by mutual agreement, said the FAS. 

Tardy will leave on March 31, 2018.

The contracts of Under-18 staff coach Christophe Chaintreuil and Under-15 staff coach Sofiyan Hamid will also end on December 31, 2017, with the FAS having begun a search for replacements for these two positions.

Fandi will replace veteran coach Vincent Subramaniam, who had taken over the Young Lions in July. The junior side picked up just one win and three draws from its 24 matches to finish last in the S.League in 2017.

Tardy will leave in March next year

FAS president Lim Kia Tong said: “We thank Richard, Christophe and Sofiyan for their contributions to our youth set-up throughout their time here and wish them well as they pursue new opportunities.

"In particular, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation to Richard for sharing his expertise with us and guiding the youth teams in the past two years."

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