SRINAGAR: The Jammu & Kashmir Football Association (JKFA) has condoled the demise of veteran Kashmiri footballer Abdul Salam Najar who passed away on Saturday in Srinagar.
In a statement the JKFA hailed Najar as a renowned footballer of yesteryears.
“Abdul Salam was a prominent player of Food & Supplies XI. He represented the erstwhile State of J&K in many National events and tournaments. A soft spoken individual and a thorough gentleman, Najar was known for his qualities and will always be remembered by the fraternity of footballers,” the statement said.
“We deeply mourn the sad demise & pray to Allah to bestow peace upon the departed soul and give strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss,” the statement concluded.
Born on 1 August, 1944 at Charamgari Mohalla in Nawakadal area of Srinagar, Abdul Salam Najar started playing football from the age of 12. He would play and practice at Downtown’s Eidgah grounds.
Najar went to Nawakadal High School and participated in Inter-School football tournaments, played at the SP College ground in 1958.
He joined the Food and Supplies club on 1 Oct, 1960 and played as a left sided striker, impressing fans and peers alike.
In 1962, Najar was selected for the J&K State to compete in Santosh Trophy in Assam. A fire at his house, however, meant that Najar decided against competing in the tournament.
Najar played the 1964 Durand Cup in Delhi and the 1972 Rovers Cup in Mumbai as part of Kashmir XI. He played many local and international tournaments till his retirement in 1980.
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