Tampines' 2002 Singapore Cup winners: Where Are They Now?

Tampines Rovers' 1-0 Singapore Cup final defeat of Jurong FC in front of 15,000 fans at the old National Stadium sixteen years ago marked the start of their rise as a local powerhouse. FourFourTwo traces the whereabouts of that Stags side which clinched the first major trophy in the club’s history…

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Zakir Djalilov

In goal for the Stags was the former Kyrgyzstan custodian, whose experience and command of the area ensured the Stags finished with the joint-second best defensive record in the S.League that year.

Interestingly, the 45-year-old was named on the bench for a couple of World Cup qualifiers a couple of years ago due to a shortage of keepers

The then 29-year-old – who was the club’s first foreign keeper – left Tampines after the 2003 season and played for teams such as Dordoy-Dinamo Naryn, Aviator-AAL Bishkek, Avangaard and Neftchi before retiring around the age of 40.

Since 2015, he has been the goalkeeper coach of the Krgyzstan national team. Interestingly, the 45-year-old was named on the bench for a couple of World Cup qualifiers a couple of years ago due to a shortage of keepers. 

Satria Mad

Joining from Sembawang Rangers, the industrious right-back became a Singapore Cup winner in his first year with Tampines and went on to play a total of nine seasons for the club till the 2010 season.

Satria continued to be on the books of the Stags as Centre of Excellence (COE) Under-16 head coach and then assistant coach to Rafi Ali before leaving the club at the end of 2014.

The 40-year-old is now working in Komoco Motors' car rental division.

Iskandar Latiff

At the heart of defence was this unheralded Singaporean, who joined from lowly Balestier Central after the 2001 season.

Iskandar was an unsung hero of sorts, having revealed to FFT that he had played with a strapped shoulder after dislocating it three weeks before the final.

Photo: Iskandar Latiff

Injury problems and a "lack of job security" meant the no-nonsense centre-back retired at the age of 27 after the 2003 season.

He then worked in the social service sector for a decade before settling into his current role as a full-time coach at Cosmo United Football Academy – along with fellow ex-S.League players Yazid Yasin, Jalal and Jerry Bartholomeusz.

Sead Muratovic

Partnering Iskandar is a name which should be much more familiar with local fans. Muratovic was widely known as one of the best foreign imports in S.League history, with his excellent reading of the game and the ability to play out from the back.

The former Yugoslavia Under-21 international also had the knack of scoring from set pieces and was once touted for naturalisation to play for the Singapore national team but it did not materialise.

Photo: Sultan of Selangor Cup

He won two leagues titles and three Singapore Cups, before returning back to Serbia. The 38-year-old has been a youth coach with FC National back in his homeland ever since.

Sharifuddin Mahmood

Completing the defence was this energetic and sturdy left back, who came to Tampines after winning the 2001 S.League title with Geylang United.

Sharifuddin, who represented Singapore at the 2000 Tiger Cup, played two seasons with the Stags before playing out his final professional season in 2004 with Balestier Khalsa at the age of 29.

He then worked as a training coordinator at Sentosa’s Skyline Luge for a while before getting a call from former chairman Teo Hock Seng to join Komoco’s car rental division in 2010.