Veteran Indian footballer died, was part of Rome Olympic team

New Delhi. Former Indian footballer and 1960 Rome Olympics participant Syed Shahid Hakim died on Sunday at a hospital in Gulbarga. Family sources have given this information.
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 5 decades. He later became a coach and was also awarded the Dronacharya Award. He was an assistant coach with PK Banerjee in the 1982 Asian Games and later became the head coach of the national team during the Merdeka Cup.

Shahid was also the international referee of FIFA

His best performance as a coach at the domestic level was for Mahindra & Mahindra (now Mahindra United), while under him the team won the Durand Cup in 1988 by defeating a strong East Bengal team. He also coached Salgaokar. Shahid was also FIFA’s international referee and was honored with the prestigious Dhyan Chand Award. Shahid, a former Squadron Leader of the Air Force, had also held the post of Regional Director, Sports Authority of India.

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Shahid 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. After this, he missed out on a place in the Asian Games 1962 gold medal winning team.

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