Aide Iskandar

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Aide Iskandar
Personal information
Full name Aide Iskandar bin Sahak
Date of birth (1975-05-28) 28 May 1975 (age 38)
Place of birth Singapore
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current club Courts Young Lions
Singapore U-23
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2005 Home United 135 (16)
2006–2007 Johor FA 23 (2)
2006 Tampines Rovers (loan) 18 (1)
2007–2008 Geylang United 43 (0)
2009 Sengkang Punggol[1] 0 (0)
National team
1995–2007[2] Singapore 121[3] (1[4])
Teams managed
2009-2011 Sengkang Punggol[1]
2012 Singapore (assistant coach)
2013- Courts Young Lions
2013- Singapore U-23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 November 2007.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 May 2009

Aide Iskandar bin Sahak (born 28 May 1975) is a former professional footballer and current head coach of developmental side Courts Young Lions in the S.League and the Singapore U-23 team. He was a member of the Singapore national team which won the ASEAN Football Championship in 1998, 2004 and 2007, captaining the team in the latter two editions.

Football career[edit]

He spent 10 years with Home United in the S-league before opting to join Johor FA in the Malaysian League in November 2005. He then went on loan at Tampines Rovers for the 2006 season in Singapore. He moved to Geylang United in 2007.

He made it to the latest FIFA Century Club list on 17 May 2007.

On 26 August 2007, Aide insulted referee Sukhbir Singh, reportedly asking, "How much did you bet on the game?" after his team, Geylang United controversially lost to Home United in a league game by conceding two goals in the final five minutes.[5] A ban of five games and a S$2500 fine was imposed on Aide on 4 September. Upon appeal, the FAS reduced his ban to two matches and increased his fine to S$4,000 in November.[6]

Because of that incident, he was dropped from the national team for the game against UAE and missed the World Cup qualifier against Palestine. However, he was recalled into the team pending his appeal on the ban.

International career[edit]

Aide made his international debut against New Zealand on 21 February 1995. He scored his first international goal against traditional rivals Malaysia on 3 June 2006.[4] He was inducted into the FIFA Century Club in June 2007.[7]

On 9 November 2007, just hours before the kick off of the World Cup 2010 qualifiers against Tajikistan, he sensationally retired from international football.[8] Indra Sahdan Daud took over as the new national team captain.

Coaching career[edit]

In April 2008, it was announced that Aide would become the Technical Director of a proposed A.C. Milan Junior School which would begin operations in Singapore late 2008. Aide is a fan of the Italian Serie A club.

Aide joined Sengkang Punggol for the 2009 S.League season as a player cum assistant coach, in a similar position as Mirko Grabovac the previous season. Coach Jorg Stienebrunner was sacked by the club and Aide was appointed caretaker coach.

Aide was appointed head coach of Courts Young Lions in January 2013.[9] The Young Lions recorded their first league victory only in August, finishing wooden spoonist in his maiden season.[10] With the resignation of V. Sundramoorthy, Aide took over the reins of the Singapore national under-23 football team in October 2013.[11] He guided them to third place at the 2013 Southeast Asian Games.

Personal life[edit]

Aide married Ezreen Taib Zohri on 7 May 2000. They have three children - sons Andre (born 2001) and Adiel (born 2004), and daughter Estee (born 2007).[12]

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Home United

Tampines Rovers

  • Singapore Cup: 2006

Singapore

  • Bronze medal - 1995

Manager[edit]

Singapore U-23

  • Southeast Asian Games
  • Bronze medal - 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Renamed Hougang United from 2011 season.
  2. ^ "FAS launches FAS Captains' Advisory Panel". FAS. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "FIFA Century Club fact sheet". FIFA. 12 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Alvin Foo (4 June 2006). "Captain Aide's first goal wins it for Singapore". The Straits Times. p. 32. 
  5. ^ Wang Meng Meng (6 September 2007). "Banned". The Straits Times. p. 39. 
  6. ^ "Aide gets ban reduced, but...". Today. 2 November 2007. p. 62. 
  7. ^ "FIFA Century Club fact sheet". FIFA. 12 June 2007. 
  8. ^ Wang Meng Meng (10 November 2007). "Aide quits the lions". The Straits Times. p. 80. 
  9. ^ "Former Singapore captain Aide Iskandar named Courts Young Lions coach". The Straits Times. 15 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Aide hails team effort in Young Lions' first league victory". Goal.cm. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Aide Iskandar replaces Sundram for SEA Games". Goal.com. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Wang Meng Meng (12 November 2013). "Aide Iskandar: The man with the golden goals". The Straits Times. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nazri Nasir
Singapore national team captain
2003-2007
Succeeded by
Indra Sahdan Daud