*Image courtesy of The Football Association of Singapore
Former national footballer Dollah Kassim passed away on 14 October 2010 at the age of 61. Dollah Kassim had been in a coma for the past year since he suffered a heart attack during a friendly international football match.
Playing alongside other football greats like Quah Kim Song, Quah Kim Lye and S. Rajagopal, he was known for his dribbling skills, which earned him the nickname of ‘Gelek King’. His exceptional football skills helped Singapore clinch the Malaysia Cup in 1977.
One of his brightest moment was in 1975. “The picture of him beating five players after receiving the ball in the middle of the park, calmly rounding Pahang’s custodian and slotting the ball into an empty net during the 1975 Malaysia Cup, is something that people still talk about till today.” (Quote: Asiaone)
He retired from the national team in 1979, but continued to be actively involved with football by coaching students and corporate teams.
He leaves behind his wife and two children.
To look for previous articles written on Dollah Kassim, please use our eresources. You may use Factiva database, and type in “Dollah Kassim” to search for newspaper articles on him.
To learn more about other soccer stars, you may wish to read the following books:
1) The Dazzler: V. Sundram Moorthy by Alfred Dass
Publisher: Singapore : Ann-Marc Associates, 1994.
Call No.: SING 796.334 DAS
2) Abbas: My Story by Jason Offord
Publisher: Singapore : Times Books International, c1995
Call No.: SING 796.334 OFF
3) The Fandi Ahmad story by Wildfred Yeo
Publisher: Singapore : Brit Aspen Pub, 1993
Call No.: SING 796.334 YEO
Posted by Yen Yen Toh, Associate Librarian, Adult and Young People’s Services
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