Mohammedan Sporting Club are in a state of mourning following the passing of former Club captain Hussein Ahmed, who was part of the golden generation of Indian football, on Friday in Bengaluru. Hussein died of coronavirus related complications. He was 89.
Hussein started his career in Hyderabad but made Bangalore his home for the most part of his life. A product of Nizam College, Hussein was part of the Indian team that won the gold medal in 1951 Asian Games. He was also a member of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics Indian football team that reached the semifinals. He also took part in the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo, Japan. He captained India in 1959 Merdeka Tournament in Malaysia where India lost in the final.
Born in 1932, the defender started his career with Hyderabad Police under the legendary coach MA Rahim. He later on moved to Kolkata in 1957 where he played for Mohammedan Sporting Club for over a decade.
After retirement he became the coach at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NSNIS) and nurtured many future talents. His wards include Carlton Chapman, Karunakar Raj, Dakshina Murthy, Louis Nixon, Annappa Kumar, and so on.
“I was shocked when I heard this news. He was part of the golden generation of Indian football. Indian football has lost a legend,” laments Mohammedan Sporting Club Team Manager Belal Ahmed Khan.
“Hussein Ahmed may be gone but he will never be forgotten. His memory will linger on in the hearts and minds of the Mohammedan Sporting Club faithful,” he further added.