Ikhsan Fandi set to light up the Lion City Cup

Ikhsan Fandi, the second son of former Singapore captain Fandi Ahmad, has been named in the National Football Academy (NFA) under-16 squad to take part in this year’s Lion City Cup, which will make its return next month.

The 16-year-old will be looking to emulate his older brother Irfan, who scored the solitary goal in a 2-1 defeat to the Arsenal under-15s in the 2012 edition.

The Lion City Cup is back on the footballing calendar after a 12-month hiatus, with the two European teams that will clash against the local Singaporean contingent to be announced on Friday.

Arsenal, Juventus, Manchester City, Corinthians, Ajax and Newcastle United are among the calibre of teams to have previously participated in the world class competition for young footballers.

In a strong looking NFA line-up, Ikhsan will be supported by highly-rated attacking midfielder Saifullah Akbar, who has previously undergone training stints at recently-relegated Barclays Premier League side Queens Park Rangers and A-League club Newcastle Jets.

The NFA Under-16s, headed by former Courts Young Lions coach Robin Chitrakar, also includes five players who represented the national under-14s at the 2013 Asian Youth Games in Nanjing – goalkeeper Aaron Tang, defenders Alif Iskandar, Danish Irfan Azman and Nazhim Harman, plus midfielder Amirul Haikal Bin Mohd Hassim.

Meanwhile the NFA Under-15s, headed by former Warriors man V.Selvaraj, has a total of four Eurasians in their 18-strong squad – Jordan Nicolas Vestering, Mahier Jacob Wiiliam, Katz Saul Ellison and Benjamin James Davis.

The latter is the most prominent of that selection, having undertaken a 10-day training stint at French Ligue 1 side FC Metz in March this year.

The two NFA teams will lock horns with two well-established Under-15 academy teams from Europe in the 26th edition of the Lion City Cup, which will be held over two match days on August 14 and 16 respectively.

NFA U16 squad: Aaron Tang Junjie, Alif Iskandar Abdul Razak, Nazhim Harman, Danish Irfan Azman, Amirul Haikal Bin Mohd Hassim, Gerald Joseph Ting Yen Hong, Saifullah Akbar, Asraf Razali, Nur Helmi Razali, Elliot Ng Shao Han, Idraki Adnan, Danial Syafiq Mustaffa, Nurshafiq Zaini, Aiman Ilham, Chia Hiraide Mako, Nuh Zafri Hamzah, Ikhsan Fandi Ahmad, Irfan Najeeb.

NFA U15 squad: Kevin Wong, Zakri Ee Kai Ren, Jordan Nicolas Vestering, Syed Akmal Syed Abdul Aziz, Izzul Syahmi Tazhar, Akmal Azman, Afiq Azhry Ahmad Ehwan, Mahier Jacob William, Benjamin James Davis, Rezza Rezky Ramadhani Yacobyan, Glenn Kweh Hia Jin, Irfan Jeferee, Syafiq Asaraf Ali, Daniel Matin Azlan, Hifzhil Iman Baharudin, Katz Saul Ellison, Fikri Junaidi, Joel Chew Joon Herng.

Tickets for this year’s Lion City Cup will go on sale on Wednesday, July 15 and can be purchased at Jalan Besar Stadium.