Shahril and Baihakki should go overseas if offers are good, says Fandi Ahmad

Following reports of interest in the duo from Thailand clubs, the Singapore legend feels that they should accept the opportunity to go overseas if the terms are good.
By Khalis Rifhan

Following their sterling performances in Singapore's recent AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 triumph, the duo of skipper Shahril Ishak, who was the tournament's Most Valuable Player, and centreback Baihakki Khaizan have attracted the interest of several Thailand clubs.

Amongst the interested parties, Bangkok Glass seems to have emerged as the frontrunner to snap up the pair in the upcoming weeks.

While both players are still contracted to current club LionsXII, who are plying their trade in the Malaysian Super League, it seems that they want to seek an amicable way out from this predicament. 

Close sources have indicated to Singapore that representatives from the players will meet up with the Football Association of Singapore over the next week to iron out the details of their transfer.

Former Singapore striker and current Johor Darul Takzim coach Fandi Ahmad feels that the duo has to make a wise decision that will be to their advantage. 

“It all depends on how ambitious they are. It’s all about whether he still wants to simply play football or just be comfortable playing at home,” the former FC Groningen player said.

“At the end of the day he needs to take care of their family and at this stage, he needs to know all this. If the offer is the same I don’t think he should go, but if it is good, he should go for it.” 

If the moves materialize, it will be their second stint overseas in their professional playing career. Shahril had previously turned out for Indonesian outfit Persib Bandung and Medan Chiefs before he returned to Singapore in late 2011. Baihakki left Geylang United in 2009 to join Persija Jakarta, before reuniting with Shahril in Bandung and Medan. 

Should FAS grant them the moves, they will become the first Singapore-born Lions to play in the Thai Premier League, after England-born Singaporean John Wilkinson had a short and forgettable time with Insee Police United FC in 2009