Irfan Fandi signs with Home United for 2016
Following the dissolution of LionsXII, the S.League has been receiving some welcome positive press, with players like Izwan Mahbud (Tampines Rovers), Madhu Mohana (Warriors FC) and Khairul Amri (Young Lions) returning to play in their domestic league.
In the week former Liverpool star Jermaine Pennant is set for a trial with the Stags, Irfan – son of Singapore football royalty Fandi Ahmad – will also continue playing in his local competition.
The strongly-built 18-year-old forward spent last season with the Young Lions, following a two-year stint with Chilean side Universidad Catolica.
“The club is proud to announce the signing of Irfan Fandi for the 2016 season,” Home United announced on their Facebook page overnight.
“The 18-year-old returns to Singapore after a very successful stint with Universidad Catolica, a Chilean side playing in its country’s top division.
“Standing at 1.88m tall, Irfan Fandi will bring power and pace to the Protectors’ offensive line, (while) the coaching staff will look to maximise his potential during his time here.
“Senior teammates like Ken Ilso, Azhar Sairudin and Juma'at Jantan will also no doubt play an important role in the development of this exciting talent. Welcome "Home" Irfan!”
Irfan was eligible to sign professional terms with his Chilean club, but revealed to FourFourTwo in November last year his intent to return home to complete National Service (NS).
He added his plan is to return overseas to continue his career once his two-year NS is complete.
“I thought that if I stay there (in Chile) and they give me like a four-year contract, I still have to come back and serve NS – that will be a waste,” he said.
“So I’ve decided to at least finish NS first, then go back after I finish the two years.”
While Irfan hadn’t received his enlistment letter at that time, he revealed that it was likely to be scheduled around early 2016.
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