Tuesday, November 28, 2023

    Veteran Indian footballer dies, was part of Rome Olympic team

    New Delhi. Former Indian footballer and 1960 Rome Olympics participant Syed Shaheed Hakeem died at a hospital in Gulbarga on Sunday. Family sources informed this information.
    Syed Shaheed Hakeem, popularly known as Hakeem Saab, was 82 years old. Recently he suffered a stroke, after which he was admitted to a hospital in Gulbarga.

    Hakeem was associated with Indian football for five decades. He later became a coach and was awarded the Dronacharya Award. He was assistant coach to PK Banerjee at the 1982 Asian Games and later became the head coach of the national team during the Merdeka Cup.

    Shahid was also a FIFA international referee

    His best performance as a coach at the domestic level was at Mahindra & Mahindra (now Mahindra United), when the team won the Durand Cup in 1988 after defeating a formidable East Bengal side. He also coached Salgaocar. Shahid was also a FIFA international referee and was awarded the prestigious Dhyan Chand Award. Shahid, a former squadron leader in the Air Force, also held the post of regional director of the Sports Authority of India.

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    Shahid played as a central midfielder, but the reality is that he did not get a chance to play in the 1960 Rome Olympics. Incidentally, his father Syed Abdul Rahim was the coach at that time. After that, he was left out of the 1962 Asian Games gold medal winning team.

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