Saturday, July 13

Namat Abdullah, The Passing Of A Football Icon

Namat Abdullah, The Passing Of A Football Icon

Football legend Datuk Namat Abdullah has died after battling colon cancer in Taiping, Perak. He was 74.

According to the New Straits Times, Namat was once hailed as the best player in the 1970s.

On June, 10 of his former national teammates visited Namat, and this includes Datuk Soh Chin Aun and Datuk Abdah Alif.

The Butterworth-born Namat helped the country made its mark at the Southeast Asia Games, the 1974 Tehran Asian Games (whereby Malaysia won the bronze), and the 1972 Munich Olympic.

Namat also carried Malaysia to the Thailand King’s Cup title in 1972, the Merdeka Cup crown in 1973, and the Aga Khan Gold Cup triumph in Bangladesh in 1976.

Between 1967 and 1977, Namat played for Penang and helping the state win the 1974 Malaysia Cup title and the King’s Gold Cup.

Namat was well-known for his powerful strikes as he began his career as a striker before turning into a defender.

He was a popular choice to be captain of the national team, and he has bagged many awards from 1971 to 1973.

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