Ahmed Khan, a member of India’s gold winning football team at the first Asian Games in 1951, passed away at the age of 91 after prolonged illness.
A prolific striker, Khan represented India in two Olympic Games — 1948 in London and 1952 in Helsinki apart from two Asian Games in Delhi and 1954 in Manila.
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 winning Indian squad in 1953 and 1954.
Khan was also known for being an East Bengal legend and was a part of the famous ‘Pancha Pandavas’ of red and gold.
The other four were Venkatesh, Saleh, Appa Rao and Dhanraj.
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He played for East Bengal from 1949 to 1959 and captained the club in 1954. 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.
The AIFF president Praful Patel, 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.”