Mohd Shah passes on due to complications from stroke

PETALING JAYA: Former international and Selangor player in the 1970’s Mohd Shah Alias Norbit has passed away.

Mohd Shah, 68, died at his home in Ampang on Monday after complications from a stroke.

The Kuala Kangsar-born player is one of the famed Norbit brothers that includes Zulkifli and Jamaluddin. He won the Malaysia Cup five times (1971,1972,1973,1975 and 1976) and scored in the 1971 and 1972 finals.

A mainstay in midfield, he played alongside legends such as Mokhtar Dahari, A. Arumugam, Soh Chin Aun and Santokh Singh with Selangor and Malaysia.

After hanging up his boots, he turned to coaching and took the Selangor junior team to win the President Cup in 1994 and 1995. He also served as assistant coach in the senior team under M. Chandran, Bernd Schumm, Ken Worden, Ken Shellito, K. Rajagopal and Steve Wicks.

The Football Association of Malaysia in their tribute said Mohd Shah formed the national forward line together with Mokhtar and the Bakar siblings – Isa and Ali – during the Merdeka tournament and SEAP Games in 1975.

“As talented as his brother Zulkifli in dribbling from sideline to sideline, Mohd Shah was also famous for his speed and back-heel tricks. He was also great in sniffing out opportunities and it was his single goal that helped Selangor emerge as Burnley Cup champions in 1970.”

Meanwhile, Rajagopal, who joined Selangor after Mohd Shah left, said he got to know him during their days with PKNS.

“He was a very humble and pleasant person, ” said the former national team coach. “When I was appointed as Selangor coach he was my assistant.

“Although he was four years my senior he respected me and we worked well together. I offer my condolences to his family and I will miss a good friend.”

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