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. 

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