Former India footballer Syed Shahid Hakim passes away at 82
Syed Shahid Hakim, former India footballer and member of the 1960 Rome Olympics squad, passed away on Sunday at a hospital in Gulbarga, Karnataka.
Hakim saab, as he was popularly known, was 82.
In his more than five-decade association with Indian football, Hakim was an assistant coach to the late PK Banerjee during the 1982 Asian Games and was also independently in charge of the national team during a tournament.
At the domestic level, his finest hour as coach came when he guided the erstwhile Mahindra & Mahindra to the Durand Cup title in 1998, beating East Bengal.
Son of the legendary football coach Syed Abdul Rahim, Hakim was conferred with the prestigious Dhyan Chand award in 2017.
A former squadron leader of the Indian Air Force, Hakim was also a regional director of Sports Authority of India and his last assignment was as project director in charge of scouting before the 2017 U-17 Fifa World Cup.
AIFF president Praful Patel condoled Hakim’s death.