- Ahmad Latiff Khamaruddin
Football player infobox
playername = Ahmad Latiff Khamaruddin
fullname = Ahmad Latiff Khamaruddin
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1979|05|29
years = 1997-19992000-20012001/20022002-20032004-200520062006/200720072007/20082008-present
Geylang United FC Persikabo BogorHappy Valley Singapore Armed Forces FC Woodlands Wellington FC Tampines Rovers FC(loan) Johor FA Woodlands Wellington FC PDRM FA Singapore Armed Forces FC
Singapore Armed Forces FC
clubnumber = 6
position = Striker,
caps(goals) =17 (5)4 (1)1 (0)29 (12)13 (5)7 (0)16 (9)22 (6)18 (12)3 (0)
nationalyears = 1997-present
nationalteam = flagicon|Singapore Singapore
nationalcaps(goals) =51 (14)
pcupdate = March 27, 2007
Ahmad Latiff Khamaruddin (born
29 May 1979) is a Singaporean footballer who currently plays for Singapore Armed Forces FCin the S.League.
Once touted as a successor to golden boy
Fandi Ahmad, he can play as an attacking midfielder or striker with talented playmaking skills. However, due to his consistent bad disciplinary track record for the national team and the club sides, he is deemed as 'bad boy' for Singapore football.
He started his career at
Singapore Police FC(now Home United FC) in 1996, before moving to Geylang United FCthe following year. In 1998, his sparkling performances led Singapore to win the Tiger Cup, the nation's first international trophy, despite getting sent off in the final win against Vietnam. His flamboyant performances caught the eyes of many top football coaches in Asia, who were confident that he would be the next big thing in Asian football. However, his disciplinary problems had got the better of him and he has failed to live up to the high expectations set for him.
In 1999, he moved to
SAFFCwhere he helped the club win the S-Leaguetitle in the following season. In 2001, he made his first career move abroad to Indonesiabefore coming back to SAFFCin 2002, where he played as a playmaker instead of being a striker in which he led the team to a runaway S-Leaguetitle win.
In 2004, he once again moved to
Woodlands Wellington FCbut his form dipped considerably from his days in SAFFC. Eventually in 2006, he made his move abroad once again to Johor FA, the Malaysian state playing in the Malaysian Premier League, where he played well for the side alongside with fellow national skipper Aide Iskandar. After the Malaysian football season ended, he made a loan move with Aide Iskandarto Tampines Rovers FCfor the rest of S-Leagueseason. Prior to the start of the 2007 S-Leagueseason, Latiff returned to his former club, Woodlands Wellington FC. He was appointed as club captain by manager Jorg Steinbrunner, and led Woodlands Wellington FCto their first piece of silverware in their history, which is the Singtel League Cup, a preseason tournament.
For his international career, he had been in the
Singapore national football teaminconsistently after the 1998 Tiger Cupwin due to his poor disciplinary track record. He was recalled to the national team in 2006 after his good performances for Johor FAbut he may face the axe once again after committing some disciplinary offences during the Singapore's away trip to United Arab Emiratesfor the Asian Cupqualifying match against Iraq. Latiff has been given nicknames such as "the bad boy of Singapore football," obviously for his disciplinary problems on and off the pitch, and also "the blond bombshell," in reference to his bleached blond hair.
2 July 2008, Ahmad Latiff made his debut for Singapore Armed Forces FC in the S.League. It will be his third spell at the club after previously playing for the Warriors in 1999 and 2002.
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