KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting football club’s long-serving president Sultan Ahmed died after a heart attack here on Monday morning. He was 64.
Ahmed complained of feeling unwell and was being taken to a city nursing home near his residence where he was declared brought dead.
Ahmed, who was also a Member of Parliament from Uluberia in West Bengal, was the driving force behind the 126-year-old club. “He was the main man in getting people to contribute to help us in building competitive football team. This is a huge loss,” Hindustan Times quotes Dipendu Biswas, the club’s vice-president and still an active player as having said.
All India Football Federation condoled the demise of Ahmed.
Ahmed was the general secretary of Mohammedan Sporting Club from 2002 to 2009 before becoming MP. Since then, the astute Football Administrator served the club as honorary president until his passing.
“On behalf of Mr Praful M Patel, president, AIFF and all staff of AIFF we extend our heartfelt condolences to all members of the bereaved family on this irreparable loss and we pray to God to give peace to the departed soul,” AIFF general secretary Kushal Das stated.
Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League also sent his condolence message through www.the-aiff.com.
“Mr Ahmed was amongst the very few football administrators who had a sound knowledge of the game. His demise is not only Mohammedan Sporting Club’s loss but the entire Indian football fraternity’s,” Dhar noted.
Dhar further added, "We were scheduled to meet the FIFA and AFC officials on September 14, 2017 to discuss the future roadmap of Indian Football. We are going to miss his invaluable inputs during the meeting."
AFC president Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa also sent his condolence message, stating: “Sultan Ahmed was an able administrator and will be remembered for his passion and contributions for Indian football.
“I would appreciate if you can please convey my sympathies to his family and friends during this difficult time.”