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Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Banned Singapore striker eyes Indonesian chance

SINGAPORE, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Singapore striker Noh Alam Shah, banned for a year for a frenzied on-pitch attack on an international team mate, could be handed an Indonesian lifeline.

The Tampines Rovers frontman was slapped with the 12-month ban on Monday for last month's Cup final attack on SAFFC defender Daniel Bennett.

Alam Shah kneed Bennett in the face and kicked him in the back as Tampines went down 4-3 in the fiery final. He had to be shepherded from the pitch by team mates as he struggled to break free.

The striker's ban only extends to Singaporean domestic competition, however, and former Singapore captain Fandi Ahmad is preparing to throw Alam Shah a lifeline at the Indonesian club he now coaches.

'Alam Shah will be an asset to Pelita (Jaya),' Fandi said. 'He has the speed, physical presence and finishing power to be a feared striker.

'He is already very well known in Indonesia. He will be a good signing for us.'

A fixture pile-up in Indonesia means Fandi does not know when he will be making a bid for Alam Shah, though.

'Once I know when the season finishes I can plan on bringing Alam Shah over,' he told the Straits Times newspaper.

Pelita Jaya are 11th in the 18-team Indonesian league.

Alam Shah, who is still eligible to play for Singapore in their World Cup qualifying campaign, is his country's leading goalscorer with 28 strikes in 63 appearances.

He won the Golden Boot and Most Valuable Player awards at this year's ASEAN Soccer Championship after scoring 10 goals including seven in one match.

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