Football: Malaysia Cup star Mat Noh suffers heart attack

Former national footballer Mohamed Noh Hussein was a household name to many Singaporeans in the 1970s.
Former national footballer Mohamed Noh Hussein was a household name to many Singaporeans in the 1970s.PHOTO: ST FILE
Mohamed Noh Hussein (left) and Nasir Jalil at the pre-World Cup Tournament at the National Stadium where Singapore beat Malaysia 1-0, on March 6, 1977.
Mohamed Noh Hussein (left) and Nasir Jalil at the pre-World Cup Tournament at the National Stadium where Singapore beat Malaysia 1-0, on March 6, 1977.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Former national footballer Mohamed Noh Hussein is in hospital after suffering a heart attack on Sunday morning (Sept 19).

The 67-year-old former winger, who was a household name to many Singaporeans in the 1970s, is understood to be in critical condition at Sengkang General Hospital.

A member of Singapore's famed 1977 Malaysia Cup-winning side, "Mat Noh" became a reluctant poster boy for the team owing to his good looks - his grandmother was Japanese - as well as his dribbling ability and skill.

He married local singing star Rahimah Rahim but the pair divorced in 1988 after 11 years.

After Singapore were thrashed 4-0 by Selangor in the Malaysia Cup final in 1981, the quiet star walked away from football.

In various media reports since, he is said to have become a deeply religious man after his retirement.