HIS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT, WHICH HAS OVER 21,000 FOLLOWERS, BOASTS MANY PHOTOS OF HIS RIPPED PHYSIQUE AND MODEL-LIKE GOOD LOOKS.
PHOTO CREDIT: SCREEN GRAB FROM INSTAGRAM.COM/IRFANFANDI
An Anglo-Chinese School and Singapore Sports School alumnus, Irfan is finishing up his 'O' Levels in Chile, and training with Universidad Catolica, a club in the top tier of the Chilean league. Prior to that, he had also spent some time in Spain and England.
With his brother Ikhsan, he has represented Singapore in various international football tournaments, including the Canon Lion City Cup and the Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China.
The brothers were also the youngest of the 20-man Under-23 squad that went for a 16-day training trip to Salzburg, Austria, in preparation for the Suzuki Cup defense and next year's Southeast Asian Games.
FANDI AHMAD AND HIS SONS, NEWLY SPONSORED ATHLETES IRFAN AND IKHSAN, WITH CEO OF CIMB BANK SINGAPORE MAK LYE MUM AT THE SIGNING CEREMONY LAST MONTH.
Recently, both Irfan and Ikhsan clinched a 'six-figure' sponsorship deal from banking group CIMB that will cover their living expenses, schooling and training in Chile.
"We feel very lucky to have sponsors at such a young age," said Irfan.
IRFAN AND IKHSAN WITH THEIR MOTHER, SOUTH AFRICAN MODEL WENDY JACOBS.
PHOTO CREDIT: STRAITSTIMES.COM
When asked about how he copes with the stresses of juggling his studies and his sport, he replies without hesitation: "My family is always behind me, taking care of me when I need them. My friends are also always supportive, lending me moral support in the form of good-luck wishes before every big match."
AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE, IRFAN BROODINGLY PLAYS IT COOL WHILE HIS AFFABLE BROTHER IS QUICK TO BREAK OUT IN SMILES.
Besides his father, Irfan's football idols include Zlatan Ibrahimović, the striker for French club Paris Saint-Germain and captain of the Swedish national team.
"He is big and strong, and he scores wonderful goals," Irfan explains.
So, what can he, and his team mates and other aspiring young footballers back home, learn from his experiences overseas thus far?
"The players [we trained with] have great dedication and undying hunger for the sport. Football is their life, the only thing they want. It is everything to them. This spirit is something I can learn from."