PETALING JAYA: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have described the passing of national football legend Datuk M. Chandran as a major loss for Malaysian football.
The former national captain guided the team at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich and also helped Malaysia win the bronze at the 1974 Asian Games in Teheran.
After his retirement, he also served as the national coach in 1982 and 1988.
FAM secretary general Stuart Ramalingam said Chandran’s leadership and commitment on the field throughout his 163 appearances with the national team as well as off the field should be emulated by today’s generation of players.
“I personally knew the deceased and consider him as a mentor and a stalwart in the game, ” said Stuart.
“We would like to offer our condolences to the deceased family and also wish to express our gratitude for the services and sacrifices that he has rendered to Malaysian football.”
His former teammate Datuk Soh Chin Aun said Chandran was a great role model as a player and as an administrator.
“We are saddened by the passing of our football legend. He had excellent leadership qualities and was respected by teammates and the football fraternity, ” said Chin Aun in a statement.
FAM Exco member A. Christopher Raj who spoke on behalf of the family and thanked everyone who came to pay their respects.
He said Chandran has been suffering from a motor neuron disease for 17 years.
“On behalf of the family, we would like to thank all those who came to pay their respects.
“We would also like to thank the Health Ministry, especially the Kuala Lumpur Hospital neuro centre that treated him for 15 years, ” he said.
Chandran, 77, left behind wife Datin A. Pushpalatha and two sons, C. Kumarason, 38, and C. Vicknaraj, 36.