Ikhsan playing for Raufoss IL
|Full name||Ikhsan bin Fandi|
|Date of birth||9 April 1999|
|Place of birth||Singapore|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2012–2013||National Football Academy|
* 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 10 September 2019
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 International Statistics
- 6 References
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.
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.
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. 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 games into the season and with the club still pointless, Ikhsan has still to make an appearance. 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. 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.
Ikhsan scored his professional goal in game week 7 against Hougang United. He also assisted with another goal. He stayed on with the Young Lions for the 2018 Singapore Premier League season and has scored 7 goals as of September 2018.
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. 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.
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. He played all 4 of the team's games at the 2017 SEA Games, scoring one goal.
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. He made his debut against Hong Kong after coming on for Khairul Amri in the 71st minute. He scored his first international goal while winning his 5th cap on 7 September 2018 in an international friendly against Mauritius. He scored his second goal in the following game, helping Singapore to a 2-0 win over Fiji in a friendly match. He notched his third goal in his 8th cap against Cambodia.
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.
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.
- As of match played 2 September 2019. Caps and goals may not be correct.
|Club||Season||Norwegian First Division||Norwegian Cup||Europe||Total|
- 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.
- Scores and results list Singapore's goal tally first.
|1.||7 September 2018||Bishan Stadium, Bishan, Singapore||Mauritius||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|2.||11 September 2018||Fiji||2–0||2–0|
|3.||16 October 2018||Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia||Cambodia||2–1||2–1|
|4.||21 November 2018||National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore||Timor-Leste||3–1||6–1||2018 AFF Championship|
|6.||5 September 2019||Yemen||1–0||2–2||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
As of match played 8 September 2019. Appearances and goals by national team and year
|Singapore National Team|
U22/23 International caps
|1||14 August 2017||MP Selayang Stadium, Malaysia||Myanmar||0-2 (lost)||2017 Southeast Asian Games|
|2||16 August 2017||MP Selayang Stadium, Malaysia||Malaysia||1-2 (lost)||2017 Southeast Asian Games|
|3||18 August 2017||MP Selayang Stadium, Malaysia||Laos||2-0 (won)||2017 Southeast Asian Games|
|4||23 August 2017||MP Selayang Stadium, Malaysia||Brunei||1-0 (won)||2017 Southeast Asian Games|
|5||25 April 2018||Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, Brunei||Laos||5-1 (won)||2018 Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy|
|6||30 April 2018||Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, Brunei||Cambodia||0-1 (lost)||2018 Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy|
|3||2 May 2018||Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, Brunei||Timor-Leste||1-2 (lost)||2018 Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy|
U23 International goals
- As of match played 8 June 2019.
|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|
U19 International caps
|1||4 August 2017||Hartfield Park, Australia||Australia||0-4 (lost)||Friendly |
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