Football legend, present coach of the Telangana state football team Shabbir Ali have been bestowed with Krida Guru Award by the West Bengal State Government. The former Skipper and Technical Director of the Senior National team will be presented in the Khel Sanman Awards function on 24th of this month.
Shabbir Ali was known to be a prolific scorer during his playing days. He started his career in Hyderabad, before moving to Mumbai and finally settling in Kolkata, turning out for East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting for over one and a half decade. His then started his coaching career with the same club.
Shabbir guided Salgaocar to win the 1998–99 edition of National Football League (now I-League), the first Goan team to win this prestigious title.
In 2011, he was conferred the Dhyan Chand Award, the highest award in Indian sports for lifetime achievement by the Government of India.