From the NFL to the S.League: The ones who did it
Shariff’s name here may come as a surprise to most fans, especially since the defender started his S.League career with the now-defunct Sembawang Rangers in 2003.
Although his career was disrupted by a nine-month ban after punching Geylang defender Peter Bennett in the face, Shariff would go on to play for Home United, Young Lions and Tampines Rovers, before winning the S.League Young Player of the Year gong in 2007.
But things took a turn for the worst in 2011, when he signed for Hougang.
Amid alleged disciplinary issues, Shariff was released at the end of the year and that was when he first joined the NFL, donning Admiralty FC’s colours for the 2012 season.
His stay in the lower tier only lasted all of six months though, as Tampines signed him on a short-term deal for the second half of the season.
Shariff would then join Woodlands Wellington, where a series of excellent display in 2013 earned him a solitary cap for Singapore till date. It seems his career was on the up when he returned to Tampines in 2014, but he did not feature much and was let go once again.
Failing to secure any playing contract, Shariff once again turned to the NFL and he joined Singapore Recreation Club (SRC) in 2015.
A return with Geylang International in 2016 briefly raised hopes of a comeback but a two-week jail term for assaulting his relative somewhat marred his return and he was not signed on for the 2017 season.