Noh Alam Shah: I will only play for Tampines Rovers in S.League

The former Singapore international will head back to Indonesia next week to hold talks with clubs there, but does not rule out a return if things do not work out well.
By Khalis Rifhan

After a three-year stint in the Indonesia league, former Singapore international Noh Alam Shah returned to Singapore during the mid-season transfer window, as he accepted an offer to return to former club Tampines Rovers.

Although the former Persib Bandung player has not hit the back of the net since his return, he lifted his third league title after Tampines saw off Harimau Muda on the last day of the campaign on Friday night.

Moments after collecting his championship medal, Alam Shah told Singapore of his plans for the upcoming season.

“I am going back to Indonesia next week to negotiate contracts with several clubs there [together] with M.Ridhuan [ex-Singapore international who also left for Indonesia].” the striker said.

“Among the clubs are my former team Arema [IPL], and several others.

“If things do not turn out well by mid-November, I will come back here and play. I will never play for any other club except Tampines Rovers in the S.League.”

Tampines chairman Teo Hock Seng is aware of Alam Shah's plans and said that the decision lies with the player: “He is a borrowed player from Indonesia. Whether he stays or goes it is up to him. He has to decide it.”

After seeing his team struggle in several matches in the latter stages of the season, Teo hinted at a possible shake-up in the squad, though he stopped short at dropping names.

“Basically, we will retain the core of the team. Of course there are some rough edges which we have to clear and deal with it," Teo claimed.

One player that will certainly hope to extend his stay with the team is former national player Ahmad Latiff

“I have to talk to my boss and [then] we decide for next year. The only reason I want to stay with the club is because of Teo Hock Seng,” the midfielder asserted.