FAS deny Fandi approach, Zainudin remains coy

Singapore’s national football icon Fandi Ahmad is not in line to become the head coach for LionsXII, FAS says, while the President has stated status alone is not a criteria
The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has disproved reports that claimed Fandi Ahmad will become the next head coach for LionsXII.

The report stated that Fandi, who recently resigned as team manager of Malaysia Super League club Johor Darul Takzim, would be finalising a deal with FAS in the coming days.

However, FAS denied the claims, stating they would only start to look for a suitable replacement at the end of the week. The FAS will put out a recruitment advertisement for potential candidates, and they will consider all interview all applications before making a decision.

“This is the proper process by which we recruit people into the organisation,” an FAS spokesperson said.

“We are an organisation that receives public funding and as such, there has to be transparency, accountability and due process in whatever we do.

“This is also the same process by which we hired our national coach, technical director and Courts Young Lions coach.”

News has been rife about the vacant LionsXII head coach position after former head coach V. Sundramoorthy decided not to renew his contract on Monday.

FAS President Zainudin Nordin also pointed out that it is easy to get carried away with talk of popular names but the main criteria of fitting the role was more important.

“Of course if people talk about Fandi, Sundram, Aide, Nazri, [and] Terry Pathmanadan, all our heroes, people talk [about them] with happiness and joy because of the memories they have brought for us,” Zainudin said in a recent interview with ChannelNewsAsia when asked if Fandi is the right person to fill Sundram’s shoes.

“But we need to also be sure that when we appoint a coach, it must be somebody who fits the role, [and] ensures that he can do the job well, and we want to do this in a proper due process.”

Zainudin reiterated that they will be announcing the advertisement for the search of a LionsXII coach at the end of this week.