Ajay Devgn grieves Indian football legend Syed Shahid Hakim demise:Indian football loses a significant leg

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  • Actor Ajay Devgn mourned the death of Syed Shahid Hakim, a former Indian footballer and member of the last national team to play in the Rome Olympics in 1960 and say Indian football has lost a “milestone”. Hakim ‘saab’, as he was popularly called, died in a hospital in Gulbarga on Sunday at the age of 82. In his upcoming sports drama “Maidaan”, Devgn stars as Hakim’s father, Syed Abdul Rahim, who has been a coach and manager. of the Indian football team from 1950 until his death in 1963.
  • The 52-year-old actor took to Twitter and paid tribute to Hakim.
  • “RIP SS Hakim Saab. I learned a lot about you while researching my role as father, football coach Legend SA Rahim in ‘Maidaan’. Today Indian football is losing an important leg,” Devgn tweeted.

  • During his more than five-decade association with Indian football, Hakim, a Dronacharya Awardee, was also assistant coach of the late PK Banerjee at the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi and was also independently responsible for the national team during of a tournament in Merdeka.
  • Domestically, his best moment as a coach came when he guided Mahindra & Mahindra (now Mahindra United) to the Durand Cup title in 1988, beating a formidable East Bengal side.
  • He has also coached Salgaocar and his last serious coaching assignment was with Bengal Mumbai FC in 2004-05. He was an international referee with a FIFA badge having officiated in Asian Club Cup matches and also received the prestigious Dhyan Chand Award.
  • A former squadron leader of the Indian Air Force, Hakim was also regional director of the Sports Authority of India and his last assignment was as project director in charge of scouting ahead of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
  • Back when he was a player he was a central midfielder but still regretted that he didn’t have any playing time during the 1960 Rome Olympics, where the team’s coach was besides his own father.

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