Mercurial midfielder of India who represented Indian team in 1970 Asian Games when India won bronze
Just few days after the death of great Indian footballer PK Banerjee another great Indian footballer, Abdul Latif, passed away in Guwahati on Monday. He was 73 and is survived by two daughters and a son.
Latif played for India and was part of the Indian contingent which represented India in 1970 Asian Games. Indian football team won bronze in 1970 Asian Games. He also played for two all-time great clubs of Kolkata, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan sporting. He played for State Bank of Hyderabad and HAL of Bengaluru.
Abdul Latif who settled in Guwahati after his playing career coachedthe Assam team. Under his coaching Assam team won the junior and the sub-junior national titles.
Former India captain Victor Amalraj said that Latif was his coach with Mohammedan Sporting in 1978 and was a brilliant schemer of strategies.
Former internationals Shabbir Ali, Mohd Habib, Amalraj, Aleem Khan, G. Palguna (now Telangana Football Association Secretary) were among those who expressed condolences.