Noh Alam Shah

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Noh Alam Shah
Personal information
Full name Mohamed Noh Alam Shah
Date of birth (1980-09-03) 3 September 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Singapore
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Sembawang Rangers 14 (2)
2001 Singapore Armed Forces 20 (4)
2001–2002 Sembawang Rangers 47 (19)
2003–2009 Tampines Rovers 162 (84)
2007–2008 PDRM FA(Loan) 18 (5)
2009–2011 Arema Cronus 73 (31)
2012 Tampines Rovers 14 (5)
2013 PSS Sleman 30 (6)
2014–2016 Tampines Rovers 55 (15)
Total 433 (171)
National team
2001–2010 Singapore 84 (35)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 July 2012.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 December 2010

Mohamed Noh Alam Shah (born 3 September 1980) is a retired professional football player from Singapore. Once regarded as one of the best forwards in South East Asia, Alam Shah was a member of the Singapore national football team when it won the AFF Championship in 2005 and 2007. At the 2007 competition, he was the top individual scorer and was named the 'Most Valuable Player' of the tournament. He is overall top goalscorer in AFF Championship history, with 17 goals.

At club level, he was a member of the Tampines Rovers team which won Singapore's S.League in 2004 and 2005.

Alam Shah is also well known for his volatile temper, which got him into trouble on a number of occasions. An incident of violent conduct when he knocked another player unconscious while playing for Tampines Rovers in the 2007 Singapore Cup final led to Alam Shah being given a 12-month ban from playing club-level football. The ban was later reduced to 7 months on appeal.

On 11 September 2009 he scored a hat-trick against Sengkang Punggol FC in his last match for Tampines Rovers before joining Arema Malang.

On 20 August 2015, Alam Shah was spotted driving GrabCar, a private on-demand chauffeur service on the GrabTaxi app platform. He remains a local hero.

Alam Shah currently works as operations executive at the car rental department of Komoco Motors.

Club career[edit]

Tampines Rovers[edit]

After stints with Sembawang Rangers and the Singapore Armed Forces Football Club (SAFFC), Alam Shah joined Tampines Rovers in 2003. He helped the Stags win the S.League title in 2004 and 2005.

Alam Shah's good form earned him trials with Notts County in England and Skonto Riga in Latvia.[1] However neither trial led to a deal due to work permit issues and language problems respectively.

In 2007, he scored a late goal against Liaoning Guangyuan to become the first player to score 100 goals for the club. The tally came from 88 goals in the league and 12 goals in the domestic cup competitions.

Alam Shah joined PDRM FA upon completion of his ban in June 2008.

Alam Shah returned to Singapore to play for Tampines Rovers on 29 August 2008 in a S.League match against Gombak United. He scored his first goal after his ban, against Balestier Khalsa, on 11 September 2008.

He ended off his Tampines career with a hat-trick against the then Sengkang Punggol, including a twenty five-yard screamer in the last minute of regulation time.

It was rumoured that S.S.C Napoli had taken a particular interest in bringing him to the Serie A in January 2017 to strengthen their forward line, in light of Gonzalo Higuain's departure to Juventus over the summer.

It was rumoured that the person who wrote the above paragraph was incredibly high at the time of writing.


Alam Shah joined Arema in 2009, citing poor attendances at S.League matches that led to poor motivation, and FAS's requirement of passing the fitness test before being allowed to play in a match. One of the reasons given for leaving S.League was that he felt he was given unfair treatment by referees.[2]

On 2 March 2011, Alam Shah scored a penalty for Arema against Japanese giants Cerezo Osaka in an AFC Champions League group match, thus becoming the first Singaporean footballer to score in the competition for a non-Singapore club.[3]

On 5 February 2012,due to salary dispute, Arema announced that the club had accepted Alam Shah's resignation.[4]

Return to Tampines Rovers[edit]

On 28 June 2012, it was confirmed that Alam Shah will return to defending champions Tampines Rovers FC, signing a 6 months contract with the club . He scored 5 goals in 14 games. However, after the conclusion of the season he choose not to renew his contract with the club and decided to try his luck playing at Indonesia again.

PSS Sleman[edit]

On 15 February 2013, in the morning it was confirmed that Alam Shah training in Maguwoharjo International Stadium, PSS Sleman home base. He will join ex team mate's in Arema IPL such as Budi Sudarsono, Waluyo, Aji Saka, Juan Revi, and Wahyu Gunawan.

Alam Shah recently scored on his League debut with the Indonesian First Division club PSS Sleman on Sunday, 28 April 2013, the match ended 2:0 with Alam Shah scores in the 32nd and 79th minute to seal 3 points for the team. However, during the course of the season, he suffered multiple injuries while playing for the team and hence was released by the club in late-October 2014 ending the season with just 2 goals in 11 games.

Tampines Rovers[edit]

He went back to Tampines Rovers in 2014 and scored 9 league goals in 29 games for the team.

After his career in Tampines Rovers, Noh Alam Shah decided to retire after the 2015 season of S League.

International career[edit]

In a 2007 AFF Championship group stage match between Singapore and Laos, Alam Shah scored seven goals in an 11–0 win for Singapore. This seven-goal haul included a bicycle kick. This was the last bicycle kick to be scored at the old National Stadium. This was not only a record win for the Singapore national team, but also a record number of goals scored by an individual player in an 'A' international game for Singapore. Singapore went on to win the championship, and Alam Shah received the 'Most Valuable Player' award for his impressive displays in the tournament.

Alam Shah is also well remembered by Singapore fans for scoring a dramatic late equaliser against Kuwait in a World Cup qualifier in 2001, and for scoring in a 2–0 victory over Iraq during the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers in 2006.

Alam Shah wore the captain's armband in an international friendly against China PR (National Day Challenge) on 12 August 2009. Singapore drew 1–1 with China PR (losing 3–4 on penalties), with Alam Shah scoring in the 9th minute.

Noh Alam Shah's goals in 2010 came in two matches in the AFC Asian Cup 2011 qualification group stages. He scored in the 1–3 defeat to Iran at the National Stadium in Singapore and in the final group game against Jordan, which Singapore lost 1–2, at the King Abdullah Stadium in Amman.

Following the retirement of national skipper Indra Sahdan in 2010, Alam Shah's name has been going around as one of the favourites to take over Indra's reign as Singapore's captain, mainly due to his influential status within the Singapore camp, along with the passionate displays he has shown on international games.[citation needed]

However, he was later dropped from Raddy Avramovic's squad after disappointing performances at the 2010 AFF Championship.


In the 2007 Singapore Cup final between Tampines Rovers and SAFFC, Alam Shah was sent off in the final minutes of the games after an incident involving his fellow national teammate Daniel Bennett. Alam Shah kneed Bennett in the head during a tussle for the ball and, after being dragged away by his team-mates, he returned and kicked Bennett in the head. Bennett was knocked unconscious and had to be taken to hospital. Tampines lost the match 4–3. As a result of the incident, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Disciplinary Committee, banned Alam Shah from playing in all FAS-sanctioned domestic matches and tournaments for 12 months and fined him S$2,000.[5]

Initially, it was thought that the ban would not prevent Alam Shah from playing at club-level outside Singapore, and he made arrangements to join PDRM FA of the Super League Malaysia. However, in January 2008, the Football Association of Malaysia confirmed that under FIFA rules, member associations are required to respect domestic bans imposed by other associations, and therefore Alam Shah would not be eligible to play club-level football in Malaysia until his ban was completed.[6]

On 29 April 2008, Alam Shah appealed successfully to reduce his ban from 12 months to 7 months by the FAS's Disciplinary Committee. Although his was ban was almost halved, he still missed out the remaining three games of Singapore's World Cup 2010 qualifying campaign.[7]

On 11 May 2010, Alam Shah was sent off after an on-pitch incident with Persela Lamongan's defender F.X. Yanuar Wahyu. In the 70th minute, Alam Shah grabbed Yanuar from the genitalia and squeezed. Yanuar then spun around and knocked Alam Shah down. Both players were sent off. While leaving the pitch, Alam Shah lunged at the Persela players and had to be restrained by teammates and stewards. Arema won the match 2–1. Alam Shah was subsequently banned for one match.[8]

On 15 June 2011, Alam Shah was offended by the remark Miroslav Janů when a television interview before the match against Arema vs Persisam Putra Samarinda. When the team returned after the match, Alam Shah was no longer able to hold back emotions as he did not play at all by Janu. Alam Shah took a golf stick and fought with Janu. Assistant coach Tony Ho then restrained the both of them. The situation eased after Arema players restrained Alam Shah. Janu reasoned Alam Shah did not play in the last five games due to players from Singapore had never participated in the training, perhaps because Alam Shah had not received a salary.[9]

On 10 August 2015, Alam Shah was accused by Brunei DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean of spitting on his face at the end of a tumultuous Singapore Cup clash between Tampines Rovers and the Bruneian side.[10] The striker denied doing so.

On 21 November 2015, Alam Shah was sent off after an on-pitch incident with Harimau Muda goalkeeper, Ilham Amirullah at the last minute. It was the final match for the 2015 S.League season. After receiving red card, he tried to attack one of the Harimau Muda defender but was quickly held on by his teammates.



Tampines Rovers
Arema Cronus
PSS Sleman




National team career statistics[edit]

Goals for senior national team[edit]

No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 February 2001 Singapore, Singapore  Kuwait 1-1 1-1 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualification
2 20 December 2002 Singapore, Singapore  Laos 1–0 2-0 2002 AFF Championship
3 25 March 2003 Pakistan  Pakistan 0-3 0-3 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification
4 19 October 2003 Singapore, Singapore  Palestine 2-0 2-0 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification
5 4 September 2004 Singapore, Singapore  Indonesia 1-0 2-0 Friendly
6 27 November 2004 Singapore, Singapore  Myanmar 1–0 1-0 Friendly
7 29 December 2004 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Myanmar 3-2 4-3 2004 AFF Championship
8 2 January 2005 Singapore, Singapore  Myanmar 1-2 4-2 2004 AFF Championship
9 2 January 2005 Singapore, Singapore  Myanmar 2-2 4-2 2004 AFF Championship
10 2 January 2005 Singapore, Singapore  Myanmar 3–2 4-2 2004 AFF Championship
11 4 June 2005 Singapore, Singapore  Malaysia 1-0 2-0 Friendly
12 4 June 2005 Singapore, Singapore  Malaysia 2-0 2-0 Friendly
13 8 June 2005 Penang, Malaysia  Malaysia 0-1 1-2 Friendly
14 15 February 2006 Hong Kong, China  Hong Kong 1-1 1-1 Friendly
15 22 February 2006 Singapore, Singapore  Iraq 2–0 2-0 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
16 12 August 2006 Hong Kong, China  Hong Kong 0-1 1-2 Friendly
17 15 January 2007 Singapore, Singapore  Laos 2–0 11-0 2007 AFF Championship
18 15 January 2007 Singapore, Singapore  Laos 3–0 11-0 2007 AFF Championship
19 15 January 2007 Singapore, Singapore  Laos 5–0 11-0 2007 AFF Championship
20 15 January 2007 Singapore, Singapore  Laos 7–0 11-0 2007 AFF Championship
21 15 January 2007 Singapore, Singapore  Laos 9–0 11-0 2007 AFF Championship
22 15 January 2007 Singapore, Singapore  Laos 10–0 11-0 2007 AFF Championship
23 15 January 2007 Singapore, Singapore  Laos 11–0 11-0 2007 AFF Championship
24 17 January 2007 Singapore, Singapore  Indonesia 1-0 2-2 2007 AFF Championship
25 23 January 2007 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Malaysia 1–1 1-1 2007 AFF Championship
26 31 January 2007 Singapore, Singapore  Thailand 1-0 2-1 2007 AFF Championship
27 8 October 2007 Doha, Qatar  Palestine 0-4 0-4 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
28 18 November 2007 Dushanbe, Tajikistan  Tajikistan 1-1 1-1 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
29 5 December 2008 Jakarta, Indonesia  Cambodia 5–0 5-0 2008 AFF Championship
30 7 December 2008 Jakarta, Indonesia  Myanmar 1-0 3-1 2008 AFF Championship
31 28 January 2009 Singapore, Singapore  Jordan 2–1 2-1 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
32 12 August 2009 Singapore, Singapore  China PR 1-1 1-1 Friendly
33 3 November 2009 Singapore  Indonesia 2-1 3-1 Friendly
34 6 January 2010 Singapore  Iran 1–2 1-3 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
35 3 March 2010 Amman, Jordan  Jordan 1–1 2-1 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
36 26 November 2010 Jurong, Singapore  Laos 4-0 Friendly




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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Indra Sahdan Daud
Singapore national team captain
Succeeded by
Shahril Ishak