1956 OLYMPIAN FOOT­BALLER ZULFIQAR DIES

Deccan Chronicle - - City - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

For­mer In­dian foot­baller Mo­hammed Zul­fiqarud­din, who played in 1956 Olympics, passed away on Sun­day.

He was 83.

He was part of the In­dian team that got the fourth place in the Olympics dur­ing that time. He was only 17-years-old dur­ing the time of the match. In­dia lost to Bul­garia by 0-3 in the bronze medal match in Mel­bourne and fin­ished fourth. The re­sult is con­sid­ered as the finest mo­ment in the foot­ball his­tory.

Apart from that, Zul­fiqarud­din also rep­re­sented the coun­try in the 1958 Tokyo Asian Games and the Merdeka Cup in Malaysia ac­cord­ing to the Te­lan­gana Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

He was the cap­tain of Andhra Pradesh in the Santosh Tro­phy from 1955 to 1967 where he has achieved 9 Gold medals for 9 years con­tin­u­ously.

He also cap­tained AP Po­lice team from 1954 to 1967 and won IFA Shield, Du­rand Cup and Rovers Cup tour­na­ments. He was the per­ma­nent mem­ber of the Andhra Pradesh state and Hyderabad City Foot­ball Team.

A con­do­lence meet­ing was held on Sun­day at the Te­lan­gana Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of­fice. He is sur­vived by his wife, three sons and two daugh­ters.

ZUL­FIQARUD­DIN ALSO rep­re­sented the coun­try in the 1958 Tokyo Asian Games and the Merdeka Cup in Malaysia ac­cord­ing to the Te­lan­gana Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

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