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Geylang duo wary of seven-goal youngster Ikhsan Fandi’s prowess

Geylang International are looking to play party poopers and deny Young Player of the Year nominee Ikhsan Fandi and his Young Lions team from victory in a Singapore Premier League (SPL) clash at Bedok Stadium on Saturday.

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Ikhsan was delivered the news just days ago about him being shortlisted for the award and he shared that it was one of his targets prior to the start of the season.

Agreeing that it was a huge boost to his confidence, Ikhsan is looking to do better going forward.

“I feel extremely honoured to be nominated! Before the season started, one of my goals was to win the YPOTY award,” he shared.

“Definitely (I am spurred on to do better)! Now I need to keep improving and hopefully I will get nominated for more awards in the future.”

This should be a warning for Geylang, given that Ikhsan has already plundered in seven goals and is in the mood for more.

The Eagles have had a woeful season which was beset by injuries and departures of several key players, including that of captain Anders Aplin who went on loan to play in Japan.

But many in the Geylang camp are refusing to buckle, with the chance to overtake the Young Lions still a possibility.

“Every game is tough and we take every game seriously. We don’t want to focus on any particular player but Ikhsan no doubt has a great season so far,” Geylang midfielder Ryan Syaffiq said.

“But we will try to outplay them and hopefully get the result that we want.”

Other young Eagles members echoed Syaffiq’s views, with defender Darren Teh calling on the squad to rally together in the absence of their seniors and provide a solid end to their season.

“Ikhsan is a good player for sure… we know he can definitely cause problems for us but there are also others in Young Lions that can do the same,” Teh said.

“But I’m sure if we stick to our own plan we can definitely get a positive result out of it.

“As professionals I think the aim for us is to definitely attain maximum points from our last two games and we know that we still have a chance to climb up one spot higher in the table so that’s definitely one form of motivation for us.”