2007 Alam Shah-Inspired Singapore: Where are they now?
The captain of the side, 2007 was the last time Aide Iskandar would play in the Suzuki Cup. He retired from international duties 10 months after lifting the trophy, before hanging up his boots for good in 2009.
He became head coach of Sengkang Punggol (now renamed Hougang United), guiding them to their best-ever finish in the league in 2011, when they ended the season in seventh place.
He took over the reins at the Young Lions, and was subsequently named the coach of the Singapore U-23 team in 2013.
However, in the 2015 SEA Games, Singapore failed to qualify from the group stages and as a result Aide announced his resignation in the aftermath of a 1-0 defeat to Indonesia.
Currently, he is the technical director of Geylang International, a post he has held since the start of 2016.
The burly defender was key in Singapore’s 2007 triumph, complementing Aide Iskandar perfectly at the heart of the Lions’ defence as they managed to keep Thailand largely at bay in the final, especially in the first leg.
Things however, did not go smoothly from then on. After poor showings at the 2010 Suzuki Cup, the national team was dissolved and he never received a call up.
That led to him moving to Indonesia for the next few years, where he won the 2010 Piala Indonesia with Sriwijaya. However, he was released at the end of the season and bumped around a few different clubs in Indonesia without achieving much.
He made a surprise return to the S.League with Home United in 2014 but failed to impress and was released at the end of the year. Since then, he has been unable to secure a professional contract, although he did appear in the League Cup last year with National Football League (NFL) side Singapore Recreation Club.
Currently, he is coaching in some football academies in Singapore, while turning out for amateur sides Project Vaults and Eunos Crescent in the NFL.