Syed Shahid Hakim, former India footballer and a member of the last national team that played in the 1960 Rome Olympics, died at a hospital in Gulbarga on Sunday. Family sources gave this information. Shahid Hakim, popularly known as Hakim Saab, was 82 years old. He had recently suffered a heart attack, after which he was admitted to a hospital in Gulbarga. He was associated with Indian football for more than five decades.
Dronacharya Award winner Shahid Hakim was the assistant coach of late PK Banerjee during the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi and coached the national team during the Merdeka Cup. His best performance as a coach at the domestic level was for Mahindra & Mahindra (now Mahindra United) in 1988. Mahindra & Mahindra defeated the strong team of East Bengal to win the Durand Cup title. He also coached Salgaokar.
Shahid was also FIFA’s international referee and was awarded the prestigious Dhyan Chand Award. Shahid Hakim, a former Squadron Leader of the Indian Air Force, had also held the post of Regional Director, Sports Authority of India. He was also the Project Director prior to the Under-17 FIFA World Cup. He was a central midfielder. But he did not get a chance to play during the 1960 Rome Olympics, where his father Syed Abdul Rahim was the coach. After this, he missed out on a place in the gold medal winning team in the Asian Games 1962.