Ahmad Latiff Khamaruddin
|Full name||Ahmad Latiff bin Khamarudin|
|Date of birth||29 May 1979|
|Place of birth||Singapore|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Striker, Midfielder|
|Tanjong Pagar United|
|2001 / 2002||Happy Valley||1||(0)|
|2002–2003||Singapore Armed Forces||60||(12)|
|2006||→ Tampines Rovers (loan)||18||(4)|
|2006 / 2007||Johor FA||16||(9)|
|2007 / 2008||PDRM||18||(12)|
|2008–2010||Singapore Armed Forces||74||(10)|
|2013 –||Tanjong Pagar United||33||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 November 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- As of 4 November 2012
|Club Performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Champions League||Total|
|Singapore||S.League||Singapore Cup||League Cup||AFC Champions League|
|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|
- All numbers encased in brackets signify substitute appearances.
- *Tampines Rovers appeared in the AFC Cup in 2011 & 2012.
Appearances in AFC Cup competitions
Goals in AFC Champions League / AFC Cup competitions
|1.||25 February 2009||Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore||SAFFC||PSMS Medan||2–1||2–1||2009 AFC Champions League|
|2.||5 May 2009||Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore||SAFFC||Shanghai Shenhua||1–1||1–1||2009 AFC Champions League|
|3.||27 April 2011||Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore||Tampines Rovers||Hanoi T&T F.C.||1–0||3–1||2011 AFC Cup|
|4.||27 April 2011||Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore||Tampines Rovers||Hanoi T&T F.C.||2–0||3–1||2011 AFC Cup|
|5.||3 May 2011||Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore||Tampines Rovers||Victory Sports Club||2–0||4–0||2011 AFC Cup|
|As of 4 November 2012|
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. Ahmad has never played for the Lions since that incident.
|1.||26 August 1998||Hàng Đẫy Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam||Malaysia||2–0||2–0||1998 Tiger Cup|
|2.||30 August 1998||Hàng Đẫy Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam||Laos||2–1||4–1||1998 Tiger Cup|
|3.||30 August 1998||Hàng Đẫy Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam||Laos||3–1||4–1||1998 Tiger Cup|
|4.||4 August 1999||Berakas Sports Complex, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei||Laos||3–1||3–1||1999 SEA Games|
|As of 4 November 2012|
- Singapore Armed Forces
- Tampines Rovers
- SAFFC-Warriors' Player of the Year: 2010
- Ahmad Latiff Khamaruddin at National-Football-Teams.com