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Ikhsan Fandi (born April 9, 1999) is a Singaporean professional footballer who plays as a forward for Norwegian First Division club Raufoss IL.

Ikhsan Fandi
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Ikhsan playing for Raufoss IL
Personal information
Full name Ikhsan Fandi
Date of birth (1999-04-09) 9 April 1999 (age 20)
Place of birth Singapore
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Raufoss IL
Number 18
Youth career
2012–2013 National Football Academy
2013 Hércules CF
2014 A.C. Barnechea
2014–2015 Universidad Católica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016 Home United 4 (0)
2017–2018 Young Lions 30 (8)
2019– Raufoss IL 11 (4)
National team
2017– Singapore U22 9 (6)
2017– Singapore U23 6 (3)
2017– Singapore 12 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 June 2019

Contents

Club careerEdit

YouthEdit

In March 2013, Ikhsan and older brother Irfan Fandi had an opportunity to secure their first overseas trial, with Hércules, a professional club playing in the Spanish second division. However, the pair ultimately failed to secure contracts with the club due to issues relating with visas. Irfan and Ikhsan left the club after contracts could not be secured.[1]

Later in 2013, the pair managed to sign for Chilean side A.C. Barnechea, having secured two-year contracts with the Chilean Primera División club.[2]

Ikhsan and Irfan then joined Chilean Primera División club Universidad Católica.[3]

Home UnitedEdit

Ikhsan returned to Singapore and signed for Home United together with his brother Irfan ahead of the 2016 S.League season. He made his debut in a 2-2 draw against Warriors FC, coming on as a substitute for Khairul Nizam in the 85th minute. However, he was away for National Service together with Irfan so he only managed to end the season with 4 appearances and 0 goals.

Young LionsEdit

In 2017, it was announced that Ikhsan would sign for the under-23 football team, Young Lions FC ahead of the 2017 S.League season.[4] It was revealed on 17 March 2017 that, although Ikhsan has yet to make an appearance for his new club, his former club, Club Deportivo Universidad Católica, is interested in re-signing Ikhsan and his brother Irfan after they finish their national service obligations.[5] 5 games into the season and with the club still pointless, Ikhsan has still to make an appearance.[6] On 23 April 2017, Ikhsan made his debut for the Young Lions against Tampines Rovers. In total, Ikhsan played 10 league games for the Young Lions while serving his national service as an infantry trooper.[7] Following the conclusion of the season, it was reported that Ikhsan, along with brother Irfan, is set for a trial with English Championship side Leeds United in March, after the end of his national service.[8]

Ikhsan scored his professional goal in game week 7 against Hougang United. He also assisted with another goal.[9] He stayed on with the Young Lions for the 2018 Singapore Premier League season and has scored 7 goals as of September 2018.[10]

Raufoss ILEdit

In 2019, Ikhsan travelled to Norway for trials for the clubs there. After impressing in his stint there, Ikhsan was offered a 2-year contract with the newly promoted Norwegian First Division club Raufoss IL, making him the first Singaporean to play in Europe in 30 years. Ikhsan played his first match for the club in a friendly against Mjondalen IF on 12 January. He came on as a substitute in the 64th minute in the 3-1 loss.[11] He scored his first goal for the club in a friendly match on 25 January 2019 in a 6-1 demolition of Elverum FC; smashing in a rebound off a save from the goalkeeper to score Raufoss’ third goal.[12]

Ikhsan made his league debut on 8 April 2019, against Sandefjord Fotball, replacing Anton Henningsson.

International careerEdit

YouthEdit

Ikhsan was part of the Singapore U16 which won third placed in the 26th edition of the Lion City Cup in 2015. He scored a brace against Liverpool U15. The Singapore side were 3-0 down at half time but Ikhsan came on and scored a hat trick which resulted the game to end 3-3. Both teams went on to penalties and Singapore lost to the English team by 5-3 on penalties to clinch third.

He was called up to the Singapore under-22 team ahead of the 2017 SEA Games and broke his duck by converting a penalty against India before hitting two scorchers from distance in a 4-1 thumping of Brunei in the AFC Under-23 Championship qualifiers in July.[7] He played all 4 of the team's games at the 2017 SEA Games, scoring one goal.[13]

SeniorEdit

 
Ikhsan playing for Singapore in 2018

Ikhsan was called up to the national team for the friendly against Hong Kong and the 2019 Asian Cup Qualifiers against Turkmenistan on 31 August and 5 September respectively.[14] He made his debut against Hong Kong after coming on for Khairul Amri in the 71st minute.[15] He scored his first international goal while winning his 5th cap on 7 September 2018 in an international friendly against Mauritius.[16] He scored his second goal in the following game, helping Singapore to a 2-0 win over Fiji in a friendly match.[17] He notched his third goal in his 8th cap against Cambodia.[18]

Ikhsan made his AFF Championship debut in the 2018 campaign on 9 November, with a 1-0 win over Indonesia. He scored his first competitive goals for Singapore in a 6-1 demolition of Timor-Leste in the 2018 AFF Championship, getting on the score sheet twice.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Ikhsan is the second eldest son of Singaporean footballing legend Fandi Ahmad and South African model Wendy Jacobs. He has four siblings, one older brother, Irfan Fandi who is in the Singapore national football team, and two younger brothers, Ilhan and Iryan, and the other being his sister Iman.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 9 April 2019. Caps and goals may not be correct.
Club Season S.League Singapore Cup Singapore
League Cup
Asia Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Home United 2016 4 0 0 0 4 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Young Lions 2017 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2018 20 8 0 0 0 0 20 8
Total 30 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 8
Club Season Norwegian First Division Norwegian Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Raufoss 2019 9 3 2 1 11 4
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 41 10 2 1 0 0 0 0 43 11
  • Young Lions are ineligible for qualification to AFC competitions in their respective leagues.
  • Raufoss are ineligible for qualification to UEFA competitions in their respective leagues.

InternationalEdit

As of match played 21 November 2018. Appearances and goals by national team and year

Singapore National Team
YearAppsGoals
201740
201875
Total115

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Singapore's goal tally first.[20]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 September 2018 Bishan Stadium, Bishan, Singapore   Mauritius 1–1 1–1 Friendly
2. 11 September 2018 Bishan Stadium, Bishan, Singapore   Fiji 2–0 2–0 Friendly
3. 16 October 2018 Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia   Cambodia 2–1 2–1 Friendly
4. 21 November 2018 National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore   Timor-Leste 3–1 6–1 2018 AFF Championship
5. 4–1

U23 International goalsEdit

As of match played 8 June 2019.
International goals by date, venue, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 February 2017 Choa Chu Kang Stadium, Choa Chu Kang, Singapore   India 1–0 1-0 Friendly
2 18 August 2017 Shah Alam Stadium, Selangor, Malaysia   Laos 2–0 2-0 2017 Southeast Asian Games
3 24 March 2019 MFF Football Centre, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia   North Korea 1–0 1-1 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification
4 7 June 2019 Jalan Besar Stadium, Jalan Besar, Singapore   Philippines 2–0 3-0 Merlion Cup
5 9 June 2019 Jalan Besar Stadium, Jalan Besar, Singapore   Thailand 1–0 1-0 Merlion Cup

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