Kuala Lumpur: The legendary football player Namat Abdullah, a key member of Malaysia’s 1972 Olympic team, died today at the age of 74. He passed away at his daughter’s home in Kamunting, Perak at 5.30 pm after suffering from cancer.
He was the captain of the national team in 1972 after the retirement of M Chandran, while he made his debut in 1968 when Malaysia emerged champion in the Merdeka tournament.
Earlier, Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, asked his few fellow friends to pay a visit to him during lockdown at his daughter’s house and to tell him to stay strong and fight through this.
The players to went to visit him includes Abdah’s brother Yunus, former national skipper and president of ex-Internationals Football Association, Soh Chin Aun, Ahmad Yusof, former Penang players Khalil Hashim and Azdzmi Md Nor, Pahang FA’s Ramli Mahmud and Perak executive councillor Khairil Shahril.