BANGKOK Dec 11 Singapore striker Noh Alam Shah
can still play in next year's 2010 World Cup qualifiers, despite
being banned for a year for attacking a fellow national team
player, the country's soccer federation said on Tuesday.
Although a local disciplinary committee on Monday fined Alam
Shah 2,000 Singapore dollars ($1,387) and banned him from
domestic games, he is still eligible to play in internationals,
a spokesman for the federation said.
"The ban means he cannot play any domestic matches at all,
but he is free to play for the national team if the coach
chooses to play him," the official said by telephone.
During last month's Singapore Cup Final, Alam Shah kneed and
elbowed Singapore Armed Forces defender Daniel Bennett in the
chest, sending him to the floor.
With Bennett lying on the ground, Alam Shah then kneed him
in the back of the head.
Although the feisty frontman is regarded as one of Southeast
Asia's best strikers, he has a reputation for being hot-headed
He won the Golden Boot and Most Valuable Player awards at
this year's ASEAN soccer championships after scoring 10 goals --
including seven in one match.
Singapore will resume their World Cup qualifying campaign in
February and face Lebanon, Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia in Group
(Reporting by Martin Petty; editing by Miles Evans)