Fandi’s Sons Prove That National Service Is No Obstacle For Footballers 

Irfan And Ikhan Fandi Heading For Trials At Elite Portuguese Club Does National Service (NS) get in the way of Singapore’s Sporting excellence? That was the subject of a recent debate that surfaced after Ben Davis’s unsuccessful deferment application. But Fandi Ahmad’s two eldest sons may have settled the argument once and for all. Irfan and Ikhsan Fandi have both successfully secured trials at Portuguese top side, Sporting Braga. And that’s after they completed their NS commitments. Irfan, who turns 21 next month, was invited for another round of trials at the club. This comes after he spent two weeks with its Under-23 side last month. And younger Ikhsan, who’s 19 this year, will join his older brother at the same club next week. Braga is one Portugal’s top football clubs, hovering around the second to fifth position in the country’s Primeira Liga (or Liga NOS). The club has churned out its fair share of notable players, among them Eder, who now reps Lokomotiv Moscow. European dreams The two brothers have long aimed to follow in their father’s footsteps and play in the top leagues of Europe. In March this year, the brothers underwent a trial at Dutch club FC Groningen – … Continue reading Fandi’s Sons Prove That National Service Is No Obstacle For Footballers