The All India Football Federation (AIFF) condoles the death of legendary Indian footballer Ahmed Khan. Khan was a part of India’s gold medal winning squad in the inaugural 1951 Asian Games held in Delhi.
Born in 1926, Khan passed away after a prolonged illness in Bengaluru earlier today (August 27, 2017).
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.
Praful Patel, President, All India Football Federation in his message said: “It’s sad to hear that Ahmed Khan, one of the most versatile Indian players is no more. His contribution to Indian Football will never be forgotten. I share the grief.”
Kushal Das, General Secretary of the All India Football Federation said: “Ahmed Khan will be alive in his achievements. He was a legendary footballer and someone who has been the inspiration of so many generations. May he rest in Peace.
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.
Besides, 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.