Ahmad Latiff Khamaruddin

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This is a Malay name; the name Khamaruddin is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Ahmad Latiff.
Ahmad Latiff Khamarudin
Personal information
Full name Ahmad Latiff bin Khamarudin
Date of birth (1979-05-29) 29 May 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Singapore
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tanjong Pagar United
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Geylang United 17 (5)
2000–2001 Persikabo Bogor 4 (1)
2001 / 2002 Happy Valley 1 (0)
2002–2003 Singapore Armed Forces 60 (12)
2004–2005 Woodlands Wellington 48 (9)
2006 Tampines Rovers (loan) 18 (4)
2006 / 2007 Johor FA 16 (9)
2007 Woodlands Wellington 19 (3)
2007 / 2008 PDRM 18 (12)
2008–2010 Singapore Armed Forces 74 (10)
2011–2012 Tampines Rovers 66 (14)
2013 – Tanjong Pagar United 33 (0)
National team
1997–2006 Singapore 43 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 November 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 November 2012

Ahmad Latiff Khamarudin (born 29 May 1979) is a professional footballer who plays for the Tanjong Pagar United in the S.League.

Once touted as a successor to golden boy Fandi Ahmad, he can play as an attacking midfielder or striker with his talented playmaking skills.

However, due to his consistent bad disciplinary track record for the national team and club sides, he is deemed as the 'bad boy' of Singapore football.

His various nicknames include the frequently used "bad boy of Singapore football" for his disciplinary problems on and off the pitch, and also "the blond bombshell" in reference to his bleached blond hair.

Club career[edit]

Ahmad Latiff started his career at Police FC (now known as Home United FC) in 1996, before moving to Geylang United FC the following year.

In 1998, his sparkling performances led Singapore to win the Tiger Cup, the nation's first international trophy, despite getting sent off in the final against Vietnam.

His flamboyant performances caught the eyes of many top football coaches in Asia, who were confident that he would be the next big thing in Asian football. However, his disciplinary problems had got the better of him and he failed to live up to the high expectations set for him.

In 1999, he moved to SAFFC where he helped the club win the S.League title in the following season. In 2001, he made his first career move abroad to Indonesia before coming back to SAFFC in 2002, where he played as a playmaker instead of a striker in which he led the team to a runaway S-League title win.

In 2004, he moved to Woodlands Wellington FC but he was unable to capture the blistering form from his days in SAFFC.

Eventually in 2006, he made his move abroad once again to Johor FA,which played in the Malaysian Premier League. He played well for the side along with fellow Singaporean and Lions skipper, Aide Iskandar. After the Malaysian football season ended, he was loaned together with Aide Iskandar to Tampines Rovers FC for the rest of S.League season.[1]

Prior to the start of the 2007 S-League season, Latiff returned to his former club, Woodlands Wellington FC. He was appointed as the club captain by then-manager, Jorg Steinbrunner, and led Woodlands Wellington FC to their first piece of silverware in their history, the inaugural Singtel League Cup.

On 2 July 2008, Ahmad Latiff made his debut for Singapore Armed Forces FC in the S.League. It was be his third spell at the club after previously playing for the Warriors in 1999 and 2002.

Latiff made very important contributions to SAFFC in his third spell, scoring against PSMS Medan in the qualifying round to send the Warriors into the AFC Champions League group stages for the very first time.

He also netted a splendid volley against Shanghai Shenhua in the fifth game of the competition's group stages, helping his team win their first ever point in the AFC Champions League.

In 2010, Ahmad Latiff moved to Tampines Rovers where he helped them to two consecutive S.League titles in 2011 and 2012. Since returning to the S.League in 2009, he has appeared in 29 Asian Football Confederation matches, with SAFFC in the 2009 AFC Champions League and 2010 AFC Champions League, as well as Tampines Rovers in the 2011 AFC Cup and 2012 AFC Cup, scoring 5 goals in the process.

Club career statistics[edit]

As of 4 November 2012

Ahmad Latiff Khamaruddin's Profile

Club Performance League Cup League Cup Champions League Total
Singapore S.League Singapore Cup League Cup AFC Champions League
Club Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Booked Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card Apps Goals
SAFFC 2009 22 (3) 5 0 0 0 0 8 2 4 0 1 30 (3) 7
2010 27 (3) 3 1 0 1 0 8 0 9 0 0 37 (3) 3
Tampines Rovers 2011 32 6 3 0 1 (1) 0 7 3 6 0 0 43 (1) 9
2012 15 4 6 2 4 1 6 0 3 0 0 31 7
All numbers encased in brackets signify substitute appearances.
*Tampines Rovers appeared in the AFC Cup in 2011 & 2012.

Appearances in AFC Cup competitions[edit]

# Date Venue Club Opponent Result Competition
1. 18 February 2009 Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand Singapore SAFFC Thailand Buriram United 4–1 2009 AFC Champions League
2. 25 February 2009 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore SAFFC Indonesia PSMS Medan 2–1 2009 AFC Champions League
3. 11 March 2009 Hongkou Football Stadium, Shanghai, China Singapore SAFFC China Shanghai Shenhua 1–4 2009 AFC Champions League
4. 18 March 2009 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore SAFFC South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0–2 2009 AFC Champions League
5. 7 April 2009 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore SAFFC Japan Kashima Antlers 2–1 2009 AFC Champions League
6. 22 April 2009 Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima, Japan Singapore SAFFC Japan Kashima Antlers 0–5 2009 AFC Champions League
7. 5 May 2009 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore SAFFC China Shanghai Shenhua 1–1 2009 AFC Champions League
8. 19 May 2009 Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon, South Korea Singapore SAFFC South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–3 2009 AFC Champions League
9. 30 January 2010 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore SAFFC Indonesia Sriwijaya F.C. 3–0 2010 AFC Champions League
10. 6 February 2010 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore SAFFC Thailand Muangthong United 0–0 P:(4-3) 2010 AFC Champions League
11. 24 February 2010 Zhengzhou Hanghai Stadium, Henan, China Singapore SAFFC China Henan Jianye F.C. 0–0 2010 AFC Champions League
12. 10 March 2010 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore SAFFC South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0–2 2010 AFC Champions League
13. 23 March 2010 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore SAFFC Japan Gamba Osaka 2–4 2010 AFC Champions League
14. 31 March 2010 Osaka Expo '70 Stadium, Osaka, Japan Singapore SAFFC Japan Gamba Osaka 0–3 2010 AFC Champions League
15. 31 March 2010 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore SAFFC China Henan Jianye F.C. 2–1 2010 AFC Champions League
16. 27 April 2010 Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon, South Korea Singapore SAFFC South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2–6 2010 AFC Champions League
17. 2 March 2011 Rasmee Dhandu Stadium, Malé, Maldives Singapore Tampines Rovers Maldives Victory Sports Club 3–1 2011 AFC Cup
18. 16 March 2011 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore Tampines Rovers Thailand Muangthong United 1–1 2011 AFC Cup
19. 12 April 2011 Hàng Đẫy Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam Singapore Tampines Rovers Vietnam Hanoi T&T F.C. 1–1 2011 AFC Cup
20. 27 April 2011 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore Tampines Rovers Vietnam Hanoi T&T F.C. 3–1 2011 AFC Cup
21. 3 May 2011 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore Tampines Rovers Maldives Victory Sports Club 4–0 2011 AFC Cup
22. 10 May 2011 SCG Stadium, Nonthaburi, Thailand Singapore Tampines Rovers Thailand Muangthong United 0–4 2011 AFC Cup
23. 24 May 2011 Franso Hariri Stadium, Arbil, Iraq Singapore Tampines Rovers Iraq Arbil SC 0–1 2011 AFC Cup
24. 6 March 2012 Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong Singapore Tampines Rovers Hong Kong Kitchee SC 1–3 2012 AFC Cup
25. 20 March 2012 Bishan Stadium, Singapore Singapore Tampines Rovers Vietnam Sông Lam Nghệ An 0–0 2012 AFC Cup
26. 4 April 2012 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore Tampines Rovers Malaysia Terengganu FA 0–1 2012 AFC Cup
27. 10 April 2012 Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium, Terengganu, Malaysia Singapore Tampines Rovers Malaysia Terengganu FA 2–0 2012 AFC Cup
28. 25 April 2012 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore Tampines Rovers Hong Kong Kitchee SC 0–0 2012 AFC Cup
29. 9 May 2012 Vinh Stadium, Vinh, Vietnam Singapore Tampines Rovers Vietnam Sông Lam Nghệ An 0–3 2012 AFC Cup
As of 4 November 2012

Goals in AFC Champions League / AFC Cup competitions[edit]

# Date Venue Club Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 February 2009 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore SAFFC Indonesia PSMS Medan 2–1 2–1 2009 AFC Champions League
2. 5 May 2009 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore SAFFC China Shanghai Shenhua 1–1 1–1 2009 AFC Champions League
3. 27 April 2011 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore Tampines Rovers Vietnam Hanoi T&T F.C. 1–0 3–1 2011 AFC Cup
4. 27 April 2011 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore Tampines Rovers Vietnam Hanoi T&T F.C. 2–0 3–1 2011 AFC Cup
5. 3 May 2011 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore Tampines Rovers Maldives Victory Sports Club 2–0 4–0 2011 AFC Cup
As of 4 November 2012

International career[edit]

Ahmad Latiff made his debut for Singapore against Lebanon on 24 May 1997.

In 1998, his sterling performances led Singapore to win the Tiger Cup, the nation's first international trophy, despite getting sent off in the final win against Vietnam. However, due to his poor disciplinary track record, he had been in and out of the Singapore team since the 1998 Tiger Cup win.

Ahmad was recalled to the Singapore in 2006 after his good performances for Johor FA but was axed by Singapore coach, Raddy Avramovic, after he reacted angrily to the coach's decision to substitute him after just 25 minutes during Singapore's match Asian Cup qualifying match against Iraq in the United Arab Emirates.[2] Ahmad has never played for the Lions since that incident.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 August 1998 Hàng Đẫy Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam Malaysia Malaysia 2–0 2–0 1998 Tiger Cup
2. 30 August 1998 Hàng Đẫy Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam Laos Laos 2–1 4–1 1998 Tiger Cup
3. 30 August 1998 Hàng Đẫy Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam Laos Laos 3–1 4–1 1998 Tiger Cup
4. 4 August 1999 Berakas Sports Complex, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Brunei Laos 3–1 3–1 1999 SEA Games
As of 4 November 2012

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Singapore Armed Forces
Tampines Rovers

International[edit]

Singapore

Individual[edit]

  • SAFFC-Warriors' Player of the Year: 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Singapore's Latiff fined but spared suspension". ESPN Soccernet. 3 November 2006. Retrieved 23 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Tan: The case for Ahmad Latiff". ESPN Star. 

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