September 24, 2021

Former Olympian and India assistant coach Syed Shahid Hakim dies aged 82

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The former India coach sadly passed away on Sunday morning.

Former India international Syed Shahid Hakim has passed away at the age of 82. The former FIFA referee had recently suffered a stroke and was recuperating from the same at a hospital in Gulbarga, Karnataka. 

He was a member of the Indian squad that participated in the 1960 Rome Olympics, where they finished sixth. He won the Santosh Trophy with Services in 1960 and at the club level, he plied his trade with City College Old Boys in Hyderabad and the Indian Air Force. 

After retiring from football, he took up refereeing as a profession and had been a FIFA International Referee, officiating in 33 international games including some matches in the prestigious AFC Asian Cup 1988 at Doha, Qatar.

He had served as the Chief Project Director at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for over a decade.

Hakim was also a former assistant coach of the Indian National team and had guided Mahindra and Mahindra to the Durand Cup title in 1998. His managerial career included stints at Salgaocar SC, Hindustan FC, and Bengal Mumbai Club. He also coached a boys team to win an inter-district tournament in Gulbarga recently.

He was conferred the Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. He was the second footballer to receive the award after Shabbir Ali in 2011. 

AIFF President Praful Patel condoled his death and 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 popularising the sport in the country. His contribution to Indian Football can never be forgotten. I share the grief.”

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