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Former Selangor and national team players (left to right) Khan Hung Meng, P. Gunasegaran, Ahmad Mahmud, Reduan Abdullah and Datuk Santokh Singh looking at the Mokhtar Dahari - Lagenda Bola Sepak Malaysia book with Mokhtar's widow, Datin Tengku Zarina Tengku Ibrahim (right) during the book's launching at Istana Alam Shah in Klang on Friday. - The STAR
KLANG: A comprehensive book chronicling the life of legendary national footballer, the late Datuk Mokhtar Dahari, has hit the shelves.
Launched by the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah on Friday, the book, titled “Mokhtar Dahari – Lagenda Bola Sepak Malaysia” is the first to compile and explore the life of the legendary striker who passed away on July 11, 1991, due to motor neuron disease.
“I can say that the book is the definitive guide to who Mokhtar Dahari was, especially to the young generation,” said Mokhtar’s son Mohd Reza, who was present at the launch at Istana Alam Shah.
Mokhtar’s wife Datin Tengku Zarina Tengku Ibrahim was also present as was a number of his former team-mates and coaches – including the likes of Reduan Abdullah, Datuk Santokh Singh, Bakri Ibni, P. Gunasegaran, Ahmad Mahmud and Datuk M. Kuppan.
“This book will hopefully inspire the young people today, so they can know who is Mokhtar Dahari and how much he was feared by opponents then.
“I’m glad that people can now learn about what made him a legend,” said Reduan, who played with Super Mokh in the Selangor team in the 1970s.
The book, a brainchild of the Sultan, was written by Zinitulniza Abdul Kadir and published by the Malaysian Institute of Translation and Books as a tribute to the legendary footballer.
The spirit and determination of the late Mokhtar’s pursuit for greatness is compiled in the 244-page book with pictorials, including pictures from the family’s personal collections.
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