News • June 13, 2023
Faritz Hameed calls time after 15 years of football
9 JUNE 2023 – Ex-Singapore defender Faritz Hameed has confirmed his retirement from football, bringing an end to a 15-year career that began in 2009.
The 33-year-old announced the news on Wednesday evening via his Instagram account, one day after his current team Tanjong Pagar United won a pulsating encounter against the Young Lions by four goals to three in the AIA Singapore Premier League (SPL).
Hooked onto the sport from a young age, Faritz started his professional career with the Young Lions in 2009. Alongside other up and coming footballers like Hariss Harun and Isa Halim, the marauding right back was highly regarded and impressed many with his trademark runs down the right wing.
Faritz would also go on to represent the Singapore National Under-23 football team in the Southeast Asian Games enroute to claiming two bronze medals in the 2009 and 2013 editions of the regional competition.
After four years with the Young Lions, Faritz was selected to be part of the Lions XII squad for the 2013 Malaysian Super League and made his debut against ATM on the 9th of January. 2013 would prove to be a breakout season for Faritz as the Lions XII finished the season as league winners and he earned his inaugural call up to the Singapore National Team. Faritz took his first bow on the international stage when he started in a 2-0 friendly win against Myanmar in Yangon. That would be the first of 33 caps, as he became a regular in the National Team squad before playing his final game for Singapore in June 2019.
Faritz Hameed, 15 October 2022
Faritz would go on to enjoy successful stints at Geylang International, Home United and Tanjong Pagar in the domestic league and raking up an impressive 251 career appearances and 15 goals across all competitions.
The Football Association of Singapore thanks Faritz for his contributions and service over the past 15 years to Singapore football and wishes him a fulfilling retirement!