Shariff Abdul Samat

Shariff Abdul Samat (5 January 1984 – 10 February 2020) was a Singaporean international footballer.[1]

Shariff Abdul Samat
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Shariff Abdul Samat speaking with the press after Woodlands Wellington's match against Home United on 5 March 2013.
Personal information
Full name Shariff Abdul Samat
Date of birth (1984-01-05)5 January 1984
Place of birth Singapore
Date of death 10 February 2020(2020-02-10) (aged 36)
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s) Centre-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Sembawang Rangers 17 (0)
2005 Home United 1 (0)
2006 Young Lions 11 (0)
2007–2009 Tampines Rovers 70 (1)
2010 Home United 13 (0)
2011 Hougang United 22 (0)
2012 Admiralty 8 (2)
2012 Tampines Rovers 0 (0)
2013 Woodlands Wellington 11 (0)
2014–2015 Tampines Rovers
2016 Geylang International
National team
2008 Singapore 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 July 2013
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 June 2013

Shariff is the son of the former Singaporean international footballer, Samad Allapitchay.[2] Like his father, he usually played as a centre back.

Club careerEdit

Shariff has previously played for S.League clubs Sembawang Rangers FC, Young Lions and Tampines Rovers FC.

He was brought into the Tampines Rovers squad from the Young Lions after a stint with Sembawang Rangers FC, largely as a back-up player for the 2007/2008 highlighting season. However, due to teammate Sead Muratovic's failure to pass the annual fitness test, he became a major part of the first team's fixture in the S-League. He then joined Home United FC in 2010.

He is also known as a hot-tempered player, and was once handed out an eight-month ban by the Football Association of Singapore for throwing a punch at a Geylang United FC player, Peter Bennett in a S-League match when he was a Sembawang Rangers FC player.

Shariff spent half a season in the NFL Division 2 side Admiralty FC during the first half of 2012, and it was announced that he would rejoin S.League side Tampines Rovers for the second half of their 2012 season. However, he failed to break into the squad and was released at the end of the season.

On 2 February 2013, Shariff was unveiled as a Woodlands Wellington player during the team's pre-season fanfare.[3]

He made his debut for the Rams on 5 March 2013 in an away game against his former club, Home United FC.[4] Shariff put in an outstanding performance against the Protectors, his clearance off the line of Masato Fukui's shot being heralded as the turning point of the game by Woodlands coach, Salim Moin, during the post-match conference.[5]

Shariff rejoined Tampines for the 2014 season, but was not retained for the 2015 season and played for another NFL side Singapore Recreation Club that year. He then was signed by Geylang International for the 2016 season, but was released at the end of the season.[6]

International careerEdit

He first earned an international call-up for the games against North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Australia and the UAE. However, he was unable to break into the squad back then under Radojko Avramović.

In 2013, Shariff was called up by new national coach Bernd Stange due to his impressive performances for Woodlands Wellington in the S.League. He made his international debut on 4 June 2013, coming on as a substitute against Myanmar in a friendly match in Yangon.[7]

DeathEdit

On 11 February 2020, Shariff died of a heart attack at the age of 36.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 16 July 2013

Shariff Abdul Samat's Profile

Club Performance League Cup League Cup Total
Singapore S.League Singapore Cup League Cup
Club Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals         Apps Goals
Tampines Rovers 2009 24 (2) 1 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 24 (2) 1
Home United 2010 12 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 12 (1) 0
Hougang United 2011 22 0 0 0 0 0 9 1 0 22 0
Singapore NFL Division 2 Singapore FA Cup
Club Season Apps Goals Apps Goals - -         Apps Goals
Admiralty FC 2012 8 2 0 0 - - 0 0 0 8 2
Singapore S.League Singapore Cup League Cup
Club Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals         Apps Goals
Tampines Rovers 2012 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Woodlands Wellington 2013 11 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 14 0
All numbers encased in brackets signify substitute appearances.

International AppearancesEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1. 4 June 2013 Thuwanna Youth Training Center, Yangon, Myanmar   Myanmar 2–0 International Friendly
Updated as of 4 June 2013.

HonoursEdit

IndividualEdit

  • S.League Young Player of the Year: 2007

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Shariff set for S.League return". Axross The Line. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Hougang captain gives his side of the story". AsiaOne News.
  3. ^ "Woodlands Wellington Unveil Top Local Signing, Shariff Samat". Woodlands Wellington Football Club.
  4. ^ "Profligate Protectors sink to home defeat". Goal.com Singapore.
  5. ^ "Lee Lim Saeng: I think I can't sleep tonight". Goal.com Singapore.
  6. ^ https://www.fourfourtwo.com/sg/features/nfl-sleague-ones-who-did-it?page=0%2C2
  7. ^ "Stange starts Singapore reign with victory in Myanmar". Goal.com Singapore.
  8. ^ "Football: Tampines Rovers ready for busy year; next up is Indonesia's Makassar in AFC Cup". The Straits Times. 11 February 2020. Retrieved 12 February 2020.

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