Family sources said Syed Shahid Jakim, a former Indian footballer and member of the last national team to play at the 1960 Rome Olympics, died Sunday at a hospital in Gulbarga.
Hakim “saab”, popularly known as “Saab”, was 82 years old at the time of his death. He recently suffered a stroke and was later hospitalized in Gulbarga.
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Winner of the Dronacharya Award, Hakim was an assistant coach for PK Banerjee in Delhi during the 1982 Asian Games, where he played Indian football for over five years and was also an independent national team leader during a tournament. Shit
Locally, his best moment as a coach came when he led Mahindra & Mahindra (now Mahindra United) to the Durand Cup title in 1988, when he defeated a formidable East Bengal team. He also coached Salgaocar and his last serious coaching mission was at Bengal Mumbai FC in 2004-05.
He is an international FIFA badge referee who has served 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 the regional director of the Indian sports authority, and his last mission was research project director before the 2017 U-17 FIFA World Cup.
In his playing days, he was a central midfielder, but he was always upset that he never played during the 1960 Rome Olympics, when the team’s coach coincided with his own father, the great Syed Abdul Rahim.
Hakim is believed to have had some misfortune because he missed the selection when he could not play any match in Rome and then spent his best hour in Indian football winning the gold medal at the 1962 Asian Games.
For the elders, Hakim was a good “half”, but he was not in the league of the best players Ram Bahadur, Mariappa Kempaiah, Prashanta Sinha or Franco at that time.
From the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, Indian football teams played in the “two-inning system” and thus the quartet always threw them into bigger tournaments at one point.
Legend has it that before India’s last league match against Peru, the team’s best footballer, Chunni Goswami, asked Rahim Saab to think about Hakim, as India lost to Hungary and France.
It seems that Chuni also said that, since Ram Bahadur had a day off against France, why the coach did not give Hakim a chance, the player’s father politely refused.
However, Hakim Saab has remained a respected figure in Indian football due to the number of hats he has worn over the years.