Friday, December 26, 2008


Ahmad Latiff

There haven't been that many Singaporeans who have moved from their own country to play in the rough and tumble Indonesian leagues but Ahmad Latiff is one of that rare breed.

The 29 year old started his career with Geylang United back in 1997 and a year later he was impressing on the international stage as he was part of the Singapore side that won their first ever AFF Cup (then known as Tiger Cup)

He moved to Indonesia where he spent some time with Persikabo before heading north to Hong Kong and Happy Valley. He scored on his debut for the Bogor side, hitting the net twice as they cruised to a 5-2 win over PSBL.

Persikabo may have seemed a strange choice for such a promising player but Latiff had played in Jakarta in the 1997 SEA Games and been impressed by the atmosphere and passion on the Indoneisan terraces.

But his arrival was not all plain sailing. he told the local Singapore media he was off to Holland to try his luck with Roda JC Kerkrade but the next thing was an Indonesian tabloid breaking the news that he hda signed for Persikabo despite the fact the coach knew nothing about it!

His career was to follow a similar path as he moved from club to club. In 2002 he was back in Singapore with SAF before joining Woodlands Wellington two years later.

In 2005 he had a loan spell with Tampines before crossing the causeway to play for Johore in Malaysia.

He rejoined Woodlands Wellington in 2007 and helped them win the Singapore Cup for the first time in their history before heading to Malaysia again with PDRM.

He ended 2008 with SAF again but who knows where he'll be for 2009?

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