FAS ● Aug 23, 2018

Alam Shah relishes second Sultan of Selangor’s Cup stint


 Former Singapore international Noh Alam Shah is hungry to taste success in the Sultan of Selangor’s (SOS) Cup for a second consecutive year as he reprises his role of Team Manager for this year’s edition.


The 37-year-old was part of the backroom staff last year as Fandi Ahmad led the Singapore Selection to a 3-2 victory over their Selangor counterparts at the National Stadium, which hosted the SOS Cup for the first time.


This year, the 17th edition of the annual friendly competition will return to Shah Alam Stadium and Alam Shah is relishing the trip to the 80,372-capacity venue.


“It’s an honour for me to be Team Manager again, especially as it’s my second year and I am looking forward to it because it will be a much larger crowd this time,” the 80-cap ex-striker told the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) website.


“As for my role, I will be doing a lot of liaising with the FAS officials on the administrative end and making sure everything goes smoothly as planned, so the technical staff don’t have any issues.


“Apart from that, I will also be contributing in training sessions, so they can expect a lot from me on and off the field.”


The Singapore Selection squad will be headed by Balestier Khalsa FC Head Coach Marko Kraljevic for the first time, with the match set to kick off at 9pm on 25 August, Saturday.


A 21-man squad has been selected, with the players coming from across six different Great Eastern-Hyundai Singapore Premier League (SPL) clubs. Fourteen of them will be involved in the SOS Cup for the first time, while there are nine Under-23 players, in line with the SPL’s focus on youth development this season and Alam Shah is confident they can rise to the challenge.


“The SPL has established the U-23 rules and it’s good that the Coach has followed suit,” he said. “The younger ones are the ones I am looking forward to working with; they are the future of Singapore football, so (helping to) establish them is our main priority.


“They have no reason not to rise to (the occasion) if they want to become established players; it’s also part of my job to let them know what to expect. They will be playing in front of a 70,000 to 80,000-strong crowd and I will help them, and the experienced players will also offer their support.”


Albirex Niigata FC (S) and Singapore international midfielder Adam Swandi (second from left in image above) is also relishing the opportunity to play in the SOS Cup for the first time, describing it as an “honour”, as the Singapore Selection gun for a third straight triumph.


“It’s a very prestigious match and I bet all the players and coaches will treat it like a final even though it’s a friendly,” the 22-year-old said.


“Going to play at Shah Alam is a big thing for me as a player and I hope it’s going to be a memorable one.


“I am looking forward to winning the Cup, that’s on everybody’s minds; we will be going up and looking to play as one… I think the players named in the squad are really good and deserving, and I think we will be able to retain the title.”


Winning the 2018 edition will also see Singapore edge ahead of Selangor in the all-time trophy count, with each side having won the SOS Cup eight times and Alam Shah is fired up for the clash.


“Of course, I never go inside the field and say we will lose,” he smiled. “We will play an attacking brand of football and we do want to have a pleasant ride back home, so having the trophy with us for that trip will be great!”


Singapore Selection

S/N Name DOB Pos Club
1 Zaiful Nizam 24 Jul 1987 GK Balestier Khalsa FC
2 Syazwan Buhari 22 Sep 1992 GK Tampines Rovers FC
3 Fadli Kamis 07 Nov 1992 DF Balestier Khalsa FC
4 Shaqi Sulaiman 11 Oct 1998 DF Balestier Khalsa FC
5 Emmeric Ong 25 Jan 1991 DF Warriors FC
6 Ho Wai Loon 20 Aug 1993 DF Warriors FC
7 Kento Fukuda 15 May 1990 DF Warriors FC
8 Irfan Najeeb 31 Jul 1999 DF Tampines Rovers FC
9 Wataru Murofushi 13 Jun 1995 MF Albirex Niigata FC (S)
10 Hafiz Sulaiman 10 Oct 1995 MF Warriors FC
11 Hafiz Sujad 01 Nov 1990 MF Tampines Rovers FC
12 Hami Syahin 16 Dec 1998 MF Young Lions
13 Huzaifah Aziz 27 Jun 1994 MF Balestier Khalsa FC
14 Hazzuwan Halim 02 Feb 1994 MF Balestier Khalsa FC
15 Zulfadhmi Suzliman 10 Feb 1996 MF Tampines Rovers FC
16 Ryutaro Megumi 29 Jun 1993 MF Tampines Rovers FC
17 Iqbal Hussain 06 Jun 1993 MF Hougang United FC
18 Yasir Hanapi 21 Jun 1989 MF Tampines Rovers FC
19 Zulqarnaen Suzliman 29 Mar 1998 MF Young Lions
20 Adam Swandi 12 Jan 1996 MF Albirex Niigata FC (S)
21 Shuhei Hoshino 19 Dec 1995 FW Albirex Niigata FC (S)


Singapore Veterans team

S/N Name Age Pos
1 Rezal Hassan 43 GK
2 Shahri Rahim 54 GK
3 Aide Iskandar 43 DF
4 E. Manimohan 50 DF
5 Idham Riduan 58 DF
6 Ishak Saad 57 DF
7 Razali Saad 54 DF
8 Zulkarnaen Zainal 45 DF
9 Fahmie Abdullah 44 MF
10 Kamalruzaman Zainal 55 MF
11 Malek Awab 57 MF
12 Nazri Nasir 47 MF
13 Rafi Ali 46 MF
14 Samawira Basri 46 MF
15 Syed Faruk 51 MF
16 Yahya Mandon 55 MF
17 Dalis Supait 47 FW
18 Fandi Ahmad 56 FW
19 Nahar Daud 49 FW
20 Steven Tan 48 FW
21 Tay Peng Kee 57 FW


Singapore Under-16 Selection Team

S/N Name DOB Pos School
1 Danial Iliya 06 Feb 2003 GK Singapore Sports School
2 Umayr Sujuandy 18 Feb 2003 GK Hong Kah Secondary School
3 Farhan Zulkifli 10 Nov 2002 DF Queensway Secondary School
4 Fathullah Rahmat 05 Sep 2002 DF Singapore Sports School
5 Naufal Ilham 17 Aug 2002 DF Singapore Sports School
6 Nicky Melvin Singh 13 Jun 2002 DF Sengkang Secondary School
7 Ryaan Sanizal 31 May 2002 DF Singapore Sports School
8 Afiq Iqbal 14 Apr 2003 MF Saint Patrick’s School
9 Aidil Johari 05 Apr 2003 MF Yishun Town Secondary School
10 Aniq Raushan 05 Oct 2003 MF Singapore Sports School
11 Danish Qayyum 02 Feb 2002 MF Meridian Secondary School
12 Danish Siregar 01 Mar 2003 MF Anglo Chinese School (Independent)
13 Iman Hakim 09 Mar 2002 MF Singapore Sports School
14 K Dashan 08 Sep 2002 MF Singapore Sports School
15 Niq Harraz 02 Jun 2002 MF Singapore Sports School
16 Aqil Dany 20 Jun 2003 FW Singapore Sports School
17 Irfan Roslan 24 Apr 2002 FW Singapore Sports School
18 Zakaria Syari 31 Jul 2003 FW Meridian Secondary School