Sunday, August 29, 2010

A legend passes on

Soccer ace Isa Bakar, who represented the country from 1974 to 1979, died at the Penang Hospital due to illness Saturday at about 9.30am and was laid to rest at the Jalan Perak Muslim Cemetery after prayers at the Masjid Hashim Yahaya on the same day. The 58-year-old star is survived by wife Mazlina Md Ismail, 49, and four children aged between 16 and 22.

Isa was in the squad which won the bronze medal at the 1974 Teheran Asian Games, which was the only time ever that Malaysia had won a medal in soccer, and he was in the squad that won the gold medal at the 1977 Sea Games where Malaysia thrashed Burma (now known as Myanmar) 8-1.

The lanky players was also in the Penang team that last won the Malaysia Cup in 1974 and till now Penang has never won the cup. Former national skipper Datuk Soh Chin Aun, who paid his last respect at the late Isa's home, said Isa was a real role model for the 1Malaysia concept as he never cared for race or religion when it comes to befriending people.

He said Isa gave his best at every game and partnering the late Mokhtar Dahari, they made the  best combination in the five years Isa represented the country and added that the lanky Penangite was a very happy go lucky guy but once in the field he was serious in his game.

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