Khairul Amri: Ikhsan Fandi needs one goal to come good for Singapore

Singapore veteran striker Khairul Amri is confident that Ikhsan Fandi just needs that first goal to get his engine started for the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup.

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Amri, 33, is among five strikers along with Shahril Ishak, Iqbal Hussain, Faris Ramli and Ikhsan in Fandi Ahmad’s 23-man squad for the showpiece tournament.

Despite the wealth of attacking experience at his disposal, Fandi seems to be opting for youthful exuberance with Ikhsan likely to be the starting forward at this tournament.

Ikhsan has been an ever-present in the starting lineup since Fandi took over and with three goals in four matches against the likes of Mauritius, Fiji and Cambodia, it is hard to see beyond the talented wonder kid as the Lions seek a fifth regional title.

Up against Indonesia in their Group B opener on Friday at the National Stadium at Kallang, Amri reckons a goal in that game could be the perfect tonic for his 19-year-old understudy to get the wheels in motion.

“It can go either way in terms of pressure (for a young player) but my gut feel is he needs that one goal to ignite everything,” Amri told FOX Sports Asia.

“That first goal is the so called Launchpad he needs in this tournament and hopefully, it’ll come against Indonesia. That will give him and also the team a huge confidence booster going into the rest of the games.”