Friday, May 7, 2021

Former city footballer Mahalingam no more

Mahalingam, 72, former Bangalore Mars, Jawahar Union, and 515 Army Base Workshop player, passed away today morning at his residence owing to a heart attack. Tragedy struck in the family within two days of passing away of Mahalingam’s elder brother, Murthy, who too died due to heart attack. 

Mahalingam comes from the family of footballers, he was a popular figure in the Gouthamapura area. Along with three brothers, Jairaj (HAL), Murthy (HAL), Shekhar (CIL), he rocked city’s football scene. 

Mahalingam was known to be a sturdy stopper back and spent most of his football career playing for 515 Army Base Workshop. Such was the competition back then that despite consistently playing well he could not break into the state football team. He was a regular in the Bangalore Football Stadium witnessing BDFA and KSFA Women’s league.

Mahalingam is survived with wife and three daughters. KSFA and BDFA condole the demise of the former footballer

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Former state and HAL footballer Murthy no more

Murthy, 69, former Santhosh Trophy and HAL player expired today following a heart attack. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

A resident of Gowthamapura, Ulsoor, Bengaluru, Murthy started with Bangalore Mars in 1970 and then played for the then strong  515 Army Base Workshop before joining HAL and played for them till 1980.

Murthy is known for his match winning brilliant scissor kick goal against Maharashtra that took Karnataka to the final against Bengal in the 1975-76 Santosh Trophy at Calicut. In the final Karnataka held the powerful Bengal side 0-0 but lost 1-3 in the replay match to finish runners up, state’s best finish since then.

A skilled forward, Murthy was picked for the India Junior camp in 1976. 

The funeral is scheduled to be held at Laksmipuram burial ground in Ulsoor later today. The KSFA and BDFA condole the death of the former state player.


Sunday, May 2, 2021

Football great Ramakrishna 'Rami' no more

E Ramakrishna, 91, popularly known as Rami expired today afternoon at his residence at Gavipuram, Guttahalli, Bangalore. He represented then Mysore state and Bangalore Blues before joining ITI and playing a major role in shaping the club’s future. 

Ramakrishna ventured outside the state and plied trade at Calcutta (1953), Madras (1954), Ernakulam (1955-), Trivandrum (1956). Also, he represented the Indian national team against a Russian team played at Bangalore in 1956.

While with ITI, Rami won all the major trophies including the George Hoover Cup (BDFA League). He was one of the pillars behind ITI winning the first edition of Federation Cup in 1977. He coached ITI for more than a decade. 

KSFA entrusted him with coaching assignment of the state youth teams. Also, he was instrumental in promoting women's football in the city. Later he joined Bangalore United Football Club, several footballers trained under him; he played an important role in shaping up their career.


Friday, April 30, 2021

Former state player Udaya Kumar no more

Udaya Kumar, 61, former HAL and state footballer passed away today morning due to Covid-19 infection. He is survived by his wife and daughter. 

Udaya was employed with HAL and took retirement last year. Known for his skills from the left wing, he played for all top clubs in Bangalore, namely Binny, AGORC, CIL before joining HAL in 1981. 

Udaya Kumar represented Karnataka state almost in all age groups. While playing for his state in BC Roy Junior Nationals Trophy in 1978, he caught national selectors eye, which earned him a call for Junior India on a China tour in 1979. Unfortunately, the team could not travel to China. Back in domestic competitions, he kept playing for HAL thru the 80s.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Olympian Ahmed Hussain no more

Ahmed Hussein, member of the Indian football team in 1956 Melbourne Olympics where India finished fourth passed away today morning in Bengaluru. A victim of COVID-19, the 89-year-old Ahmed Hussein started his career in Hyderabad but made Bangalore his home for the most part of his life. 

A product of Nizam college Hyderabad, Ahmed Hussein was a tenacious defender known for tight marking and hard tackling. He went on representing India in 1958 Tokyo Asian Games where Indian secured fourth place. He captained India in 1959 Merdeka Tournament in Malaysia where India lost in the final. 

After representing Hyderabad for the first few years, Hussein moved to Calcutta where he represented clubs like Mohammedan Sporting and Mohun Bagan, and the Bengal state in Santosh Trophy. 

Post his playing days, Hussein picked football coaching, got associated with SAI, Bangalore and contributed immensely to Bangalore football. His wards include Carlton Chapman, Karunakar Raj, Dakshina Murthy, Louis Nixon, Annappa Kumar, and so on. 

KSFA and BDFA condoled the demise of Ahmed Hussein. His body was taken to the Shanthi Nagar Burial Ground, and burial took place at 5.30 pm.