GUWAHATI: Abdul Latif, the former Indian footballer, and 1970 Asian Games bronze medallist, passed away at 73. He died in Guwahati on Monday night.
The last rituals were done in the presence of his friends and family. Several members of the sports fraternity and representatives of the district administration were also present there.
Praful Patel, the president of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), said, "It is sad to hear that Abdul Latif is no more. His contribution to Indian Football will never be forgotten. I share the grief."
Latif played for Bengal in the Santosh Trophy in the years 1966, 1968 and 1970. He made his international debut in 1968 against Burma. He also played for Kolkata giants Mohammedan Sporting and Mohun Bagan.
Latif won a number of trophies with Mohammedan which includes the DCM Trophy (1964), Kalinga Cup (1964) and Sri Krishna Gold Cup (1965, 1966). With Mohun Bagan, he won the Amrita Bazar Trophy (1968), Rovers Cup (1968), Dr. HK Mookherjee Trophy (1968), and the Babu Kuer Singh Shield in Patna in 1968.
After his retirement and before moving to Assam, Latif returned to Mohammedan as a coach.