Like father, like son? Sujad, Swandi and Singapore's football families

We all know about the father-son pairing of Fandi Ahmad and Irfan Fandi, but who are the other Singaporean footballers that are following in their dad's footsteps? Kenneth Tan takes a closer look... 

1. Shariff Samat, son of Samad Allapitchay

 
Widely regarded as the finest defender that Singapore ever produced, Samad Allapitchay was part of the golden generation of the 1970s that featured in the Malaysia Cup. 
 
A no-nonsense centre-back who took no prisoners, he led by example with his crunching tackles and superb organisation. Samad's most significant achievements include captaining the Lions in their victory over traditional rivals Selangor to claim the 1980 Malaysia Cup, and leading them to the final rounds of the Olympic football qualifying that year.
 
His son Shariff made his S.League debut for the now-defunct Sembawang Rangers in 2003 and has played for various clubs like Home United, Hougang United, Tampines Rovers, Woodlands Wellington before joining Geylang International at the start of the 2016 season. 
Shariff Samat (left).
 
The 32-year-old did not enjoy as much success as his father at international level though, with his only appearance in a Lions shirt being a cameo against Myanmar in 2013. 
 
Over the years, he has not been able to shed the 'bad boy' tag after getting involved in a number of unsavoury incidents – the most recent one being a two-week jail term for attacking a relative. 

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