Former national footballer Helal dies

Staff Correspondent | Published: 15:44, May 30,2020 | Updated: 21:28, May 30,2020


Golam Rabbani Helal

Former national footballer, an executive committee member of Bangladesh Football Federation and director of Abahani Limited, Golam Rabbani Helal, died of brain haemorrhage at a city hospital on Saturday.

He was 67.

Helal was undergoing treatment at the Square Hospital in Dhaka since May 28 after suffering a brain stroke.

The Barishal-born striker left behind his wife, two daughters and host of well-wishers to mourn his death.

Before suffering brain haemorrhage, Helal had been suffering from kidney disease and undergoing dialysis for the last one year. He also underwent an open-heart surgery after cardiac arrest in April, 2017.

His namaz-e-janaza was held at the Abahani Limited playground after asr prayer. He was buried at the Azimpur graveyard.

Helal played for the national team from 1979 to 1985. At club level, he had been a permanent member of Abahani Limited where he played from 1975 to 1988 except for a short spell at the BJMC.

He was one of the four footballers who landed in prison following chaos in a Dhaka derby against arch-rivals Mohammedan Sporting Club in 1982.

The other three footballers who went to jail for the incident are – current Bangladesh Football Federation president Kazi Salahuddin, Ashrafuddin Ahmed Chunnu and Kazi Anwar.

After retiring from football, Helal become a director of Abahani and occupied different roles for the club. He was also an executive committee member of BFF for five years. 

Bangladesh Football Federation, Abahani Limited, Mohammedan Sporting Club and Bangladesh Olympic Association expressed their deep condolence at the demise of the footballer.

Abahani announced to keep its flag half-mast for three days to show respect to the late footballer.

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