Football: Former Singapore football bad boy Noh Alam Shah goes from tormentor to mentor

Singapore national football team head coach Fandi Ahmad and his player mentor Noh Alam Shah (centre) give midfielder Shahdan Sulaiman some advice during a Lions training session at Bishan Stadium.
Singapore national football team head coach Fandi Ahmad and his player mentor Noh Alam Shah (centre) give midfielder Shahdan Sulaiman some advice during a Lions training session at Bishan Stadium.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Former bad boy Alam Shah is now a changed man on a mission to guide Lions on right path

Earning a first international call-up is a milestone event for most, but Noh Alam Shah is not your average footballer.

Given a chance during a Lions training tour of Dubai in 1999 and expected to be on his best behaviour to impress then-national coach Vincent Subramaniam, not only was he caught and fined by team officials for smoking but he also spent part of his time trying to cajole other senior players to try a cigarette.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 09, 2018, with the headline 'Tormentor to mentor'. Print Edition | Subscribe