... and one wildcard?
Teen Irfan could be the ace up Aide's sleeve
ACE: If Irfan Fandi (above) isn’t offered a contract by Chilean club Catolica, he could join the Courts Young Lions to prepare for the SEA Games. TNP PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
He is only 17, but he's already one of Singapore football's hottest property.
Irfan Fandi, the eldest son of Singapore football legend Fandi Ahmad, could be part of Singapore's Under-23 South-east Asia (SEA) Games squad for next year's tournament, which the Republic are hosting.
Courts Young Lions coach Aide Iskandar is keen to add the striker to his outfit for both the Asean competition in June and the next Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League season, which kicks off in February.
But Irfan, who trained with Chilean club Universidad Catolica's first team this year, could return to Chile if he's offered a professional contract there.
Said Aide, who has discussed his plans for Irfan with Fandi: "We are waiting to see whether Irfan gets offered a contract in Chile. If that doesn't happen, I know that Irfan is motivated to play in the SEA Games.
"He's young, but already he fits in with the (U-23) team. He joined us during the Austria training tour (in July) and was able to compete.
"He has the ability and can give us the aggression up front; he could also complement Sahil Suhaimi well in attack."
Aide also wants Irfan in his S.League squad as a replacement for top scorer Sahil, who has joined the LionsXII to play in the Malaysian Super League.
With his 1.87-metre physique and powerful finishing, Irfan impressed at last year's Lion City Cup, where he played for the National Football Academy U-16s and scored against the youth teams of Arsenal and Eintracht Frankfurt.