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Former Indian football coach Syed Shahid Hakim died at 82

Former Indian football coach Syed Shahid Hakim died at 82

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Former Indian football coach Syed Shahid Hakim died at 82

Former Indian footballer and 1960 Rome Olympic participant Syed Shahid Hakim died on Sunday at a hospital in Gulbarga, the information has been learned from his family sources. Syed Shahid Hakim popularly known as Hakim Saab was 82 years old. He had recently suffered a stroke after which he was admitted to a hospital in Gulbarga.

Hakim was associated with Indian football for five decades. He later became a coach and was also awarded the Dronacharya Award. He was the assistant coach at the 1982 Asian Games with PK Banerjee and later became the head coach of the national team during the Merdeka Cup. His best performance as a coach at the domestic level was for Mahindra & Mahindra (now Mahindra United) when the team won the Durand Cup in 1988 by defeating a strong East Bengal team. 

All India Football Federation wrote a heart-warming message on their website for the late Indian football coach. “All India Football Federation condoles the death of Syed Shahid Hakeem who passed away earlier today (Sunday, August 22, 2021).”

He was also FIFA’s international referee and was awarded the Dhyan Chand Award. Hakim, a former Squadron Leader of the Air Force, was also the Regional Director of the Sports Authority of India. He was also the Project Director prior to the Under-17 FIFA World Cup. Hakim used to play as a central midfielder, but the fact is that he did not get a chance to play in the 1960 Rome Olympics. Incidentally, then the coach was his father Syed Abdul Rahim. He then missed out on a place in the Asian Games 1962 gold medal-winning team.

In his condolence message, AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel said: “It is devastating to hear that Hakim-Saab is no more. He was a member of Indian Football’s golden generation who played a stellar role in popularizing the sport in the country. His contribution to Indian Football can never be forgotten. I share the grief.”

AIFF General Secretary, Mr. Kushal Das said: “Hakim-Saab’s legacy will live on. He was a legendary footballer who has been an inspiration for so many generations. My condolences to his family. We pray for his soul to rest in peace.”

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