On 11 September 2009, with his back to goal in a league match against Sengkang Punggol, former Singapore Skipper Noh Alam Shah turned brilliantly and fired a thunderbolt into goal to claim his hat trick and mark his exit in style from Singapore football.
Three years on, the former Singapore International is in line for a sensational return to the Great Eastern Yeo’s S-League with former employers Tampines Rovers lining up the move.
As sources revealed, it seems that Noh Alam Shah’s return to local football is only short of paper documentation. Tampines Rovers had seeked assistance from Football Association of Singapore in getting Noh Alam Shah’s International Transfer Certificate (ITC) which will grant him the permission to play in local football competitions.
The S-League transfer window is currently open at the moment and it will remain that way till 29 June, Friday.
Noh Alam Shah will still be required to undergo the mandatory beep test in order to play in the league.
The former Arema Malang skipper led his Indonesian side to the domestic Championship during his first season under the guidance of Robert Alberts. Noh Alam Shah moved on to Persib Bandung earlier this year. The Indonesian league is slated to end on 11 July.
The move will definitely be beneficial to the S-League as Noh Alam Shah is a popular figure here in Singapore. The declining league attendance and negativity surrounding the league may well be boosted by his presence, should Tampines and FAS work out something with the Indonesia side, Persib Bandung.