Fandi's sons wanted by Spanish club

THEY set off for Spain 10 days ago for a training camp and trials, hoping to do enough to impress the coaches at Primera Liga outfit Rayo Vallecano.

While there, Irfan Fandi, 15, and his brother Ikhsan, 13, received an invitation to train at Spanish second division outfit Hercules CF.

The youngsters, sons of Singapore football great Fandi Ahmad, accepted the invite and made the trip to the Alicante-based outfit.

And both impressed enough to receive an offer to join the club.

Speaking to The New Paper yesterday, Irfan said: "We went for the first training at Hercules last Friday and just played how we usually would play, just with more determination.

"I was shocked when the agent told us right after training that they wanted to sign us!

"I thought he was joking at first but, after about 15 minutes, the club's manager spoke to us and asked if we'd like to play there."

"I am really happy they liked us and I hope everything turns out right so that my brother and I can play football in Spain," the 1.81m-tall teenager added.

Ikhsan added: "I thought I managed quite well with the bigger boys, except in the strength department.

"It's a great feeling to have a Spanish team offer us a place in their youth team because I have always dreamt of playing in a Spanish team and it is coming true.

"I hope all goes well and I get to play in the team."

Irfan and Ikhsan were stars in the youth football scene here last year. They scored 14 goals and 16 goals, respectively, in Centre of Excellence (COE) competitions.

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