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Tributes pour in for late great Team Singapore winger, Mat Noh!
(Photos of Mohd Noh : By John W Edwards and Rahimah Rahim Facebook Pages)
By Raj Kumar
Messages of condolences and tributes have been posted online since news of the passing of Mohamed Noh Hussein. Affectionately known as "Mat Noh", the 67 year old was admitted to hospital on Sunday morning (19 Sep) due to a heart attack and passed away this morning (20 Sep).
He was only 26 when he left Singapore's National football team. This was reportedly after defending champions Singapore, lost 4-0 to Selangor in the 1981 Malaysia Cup Final at the Merdeka Stadium. It also prematurely, brought the curtain down on the international career of a player, who dazzled football fans both locally and regionally.
Mat Noh (topless) training in 1973 with national team-mates at Jalan Besar Stadium. Photo Credit - National Archives of Singapore
Often referred to as "The Allan Clarke (Leeds United Legend) of Singapore", his dribbling skills, clever headers and body feigns were almost unequalled at his time. And his poster-boy looks, made the shy player, usually the focus of attention with the media and the fans.
(Mat Noh with former 1970's national team-mate, the late Dollah Kassim - Photo Credit : Ezzad Dollah's Facebook Page)
Mat Noh is believed to have joined the senior national squad as a 19 year old in 1973, under the tutelage of former national coach, Mike Walker. And over the next 8 years and donning the Number 8 jersey, he went on to represent Singapore at the SEA Games, Olympic and World Cup qualifiers. He's also believed to have featured in all 7 Malaysia Cup finals from 1975 to '81, with victories in '77 and 1980 respectively.
(1977 TeamSG - Mat Noh is in the Back Row, 5th from the Left - Photo from ex-Lion Quah Kim Song)
Speaking to Circle News (Sport Singapore), here's a list of tributes from friends and fans alike :
Quah Kim Song : Class of 1977 Malaysia Cup winning squad
Bernard Tan : Vice-President, Football Association of Singapore
(Singapore Lions Fan, Christopher Wong : From Christopher's Facebook Page)
Raj Kumar’s been in Singapore’s sports reporting and broadcasting scene since 1997. He was the former Sports Editor and Presenter on Power 98FM (SAFRA Radio) and 938LIVE (Mediacorp Radio). Over the years, he travelled to report on Team Singapore at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 Olympiad, excluding 4 SEA Games cities. As a familiar voice and face on Radio, TV and online sports, he has produced and hosted more than 600 talkshows and programmes.