Football: 1970s Malaysia Cup star Mat Noh dies at 67

SINGAPORE – Former nationwide footballer Mohamed Noh Hussein died on Monday (Sept 20) morning.

The 67-year-old former winger, who was a family identify to many Singaporeans within the Nineteen Seventies, had suffered a heart attack on Sunday morning. It’s understood that he was in a crucial situation at Sengkang Basic Hospital.

A member of Singapore’s famed 1977 Malaysia Cup-winning aspect, “Mat Noh” grew to become a reluctant poster boy for the workforce due to his attractiveness in addition to his dribbling capacity and talent.

The Soccer Affiliation of Singapore paid tribute to Mat Noh in a Fb put up, recalling how he “additionally famously scored the successful aim within the first spherical of World Cup qualifiers on 6 March 1977, firing house a penalty in a 1-0 win at Kallang Stadium in opposition to a robust Malaysian aspect thought to be one in every of Asia’s greatest on the time”.

It added: “Our sincerest ideas and deepest condolences exit to his household and family members throughout this troublesome time.”

Mat Noh married native singing star Rahimah Rahim however the pair divorced in 1988 after 11 years.

In a Fb put up on Monday, Rahimah wrote that her former husband has returned to God. “Could he be positioned among the many righteous,” she added.

After Singapore had been thrashed 4-0 by Selangor within the Malaysia Cup remaining in 1981, the quiet star walked away from soccer.

From numerous media studies, it’s understood he grew to become a deeply non secular man after his retirement.

Former Lions striker Ho Kwang Hock, who knew Mat Noh since their youth soccer days, described the latter as a quiet, disciplined star who stayed away from the limelight.

The 66-year-old stated: “He was a gentleman who labored very onerous in coaching – he simply needed to get his job accomplished and that’s why he was Uncle’s (Choo Seng Quee) blue-eyed boy.

“He by no means argued with anybody, labored onerous and that’s how he grew to become a notable footballer.

“He’s one man who didn’t need any publicity. He simply knew deep down inside he had accomplished his job and did it properly, that’s it.”

Ho, who was additionally Mat Noh’s colleague in Singapore Press Holding’s promoting division from 1978 to 1981, stated that they’d additionally been planning to have a meal with a number of different teammates like Quah Kim Tune this yr.

He stated: “It’s a pity that I couldn’t have an opportunity to have dinner with him. He was a superb buddy.”

Regardless of his reserved nature, many additionally keep in mind Mat Noh as somebody who was beneficiant along with his recommendation.

Ex-national goalkeeper Yakob Hashim, who was simply a teen when he joined the nationwide workforce in 1979, recalled how Mat Noh’s recommendation in regards to the significance of planning for all times after soccer has caught with him over time.

Yakob, who joined the police pressure after retiring from soccer, stated: “He stated that fame is simply quick (time period) glory, you have to all the time put together your self after that.

“I took his recommendation to arrange after my enjoying profession and it’s helped me by means of my life, to be a greater household man and to care for my household properly. I’m very grateful to God that I received to know him.”

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