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FIFA President Gianni Infantino condoles Ahmed Khan’s demise…

FIFA President Gianni Infantino sent his condolence message after the unfortunate demise of former India International and legend Ahmed Khan, who passed away after a prolonged illness in Bengaluru on August 27, 2017.

In his condolence message to All India Football Federation President Praful Patel, Gianni Infantino conveyed his “deepest condolences” on Ahmed Khan’s demise.

The letter, as quoted by Infantino, says: “Please accept my condolences on hearing that former International players Ahmed Khan has passed away”

“On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide football family, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to the All India Football Federation and most importantly to his family, friends and loved ones”

“We would hope that in some way our words of support may help bring a little peace and solace in this time of sadness”, the letter by the FIFA President stated.

Besides being a winning member of the Indian Asian Games Gold medal winning squad, Khan was also part of the Indian squad in the 1954 Asian Games held in Manila, Philippines. He also represented India in two consecutive Olympics – the 1948 Olympic Games held in London, and the 1952 Olympics held in Finland, Helsinki.

Khan, who played as a striker represented India in 11 matches and made his debut against France in the London Olympics. He scored 3 goals including one against Yugoslavia in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. He was also a member of the victorious back to back Quadrangular Trophy squad in 1953 and 1954.

At the domestic level, he represented Bengal in the Santosh Trophy, having won it in 1950 and 1951. He also played for East Bengal from 1949 to 1959 and captained the Club in 1954. Over the years, he scored 62 goals for the Red and Gold having won the IFA Shield four times; the Calcutta League, the Durand Cup and the DCM Trophy thrice each; and Rovers Cup, the PK Nair Gold Cup and the HK Mookherjee Shield once each.

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