Singapore football legend Fandi Ahmad leaves FAS after 7-year stint in various roles
SINGAPORE — Football great Fandi Ahmad will step down from his role as head of elite youth on Thursday (June 30) upon the completion of his contract, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) said.
The 60-year old’s departure was a mutual agreement after he expressed his intention to spend more time with his family, FAS said in a media statement.
Fandi was quoted as saying in the statement: “Having turned 60 recently, I feel it is an opportune time for me to spend more time with my family and explore other challenges.”
He had been head of elite youth at FAS since 2020.
“I am grateful that FAS has respected my decision. I will be leaving the organisation with a heavy heart as I have made countless good memories and forged friendships with many colleagues here,” he added.
In its statement, FAS paid tribute to Fandi, thanking him for his "various contributions and service to the organisation over the past seven years".
Fandi has been instrumental in developing and identifying youth talent by giving opportunities to the likes of Jacob Mahler, Naqiuddin Eunos, Nur Adam Abdullah, Saifullah Akbar and Zulqarnaen Suzliman during his tenure, it added.
FAS' general secretary Yazeen Buhari said: “I have had the privilege of working with him and have seen first-hand how he inspired and uplifted both his colleagues and players under his tutelage.
“We are all grateful for his hard work and I am pretty confident Fandi will continue to be involved with our football in some way after his much-deserved break.”
Fandi’s stint began when he was appointed head coach of the now-defunct LionsXII from the 2014 season onwards.
He guided the team to lift the Malaysia FA Cup the following season.
After the LionsXII disbanded, Fandi remained staff coach in FAS until his appointment as head coach (youth) in 2016, before taking charge of the Young Lions at the start of 2018.
He was then made the interim head coach of the men’s national team in May 2018, leading the side at the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup 2018 tournament.
Fandi then led the Singapore under-22s at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in Manila, before moving into his latest role in 2020.