Thursday, October 14, 2010

R.I.P "Gelek King" Dollah Kassim

Singapore's football legend Dollah Kassim (picture) has passed away. He was 61.

Nicknamed the 'Gelek King' for his extraordinary dribbling skills, Dollah suffered a heart attack a year ago while playing in a veterans' exhibition match. Doctors said he suffered an injury due to a lack of oxygen to his brain immediately after the collapse.

He had been in coma since then and was cared for at home. 

Born on 13 March 1949, Dollah was one of the most famous footballer in Singapore during the 1970s. in 1977, he helped Singapore bring the Malaysia Cup to Singapore. He was given the nickname "Gelek King", a nickname referring to his superior ball control, he was well known for his extraordinary dribbling skills.

On 4 October 2009, Dollah collapsed during a friendly match between ex-international players from Singapore and Malaysia in the Sultan of Selangor Cup due to a seizure and a cardiac event. He was admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital in a critical condition.

On 21 January 2010, the  S. League raised $82,000 for Dollah Kassim at a Charity Shield match between Singapore Armed Forces FC and Swedish champions AIK Solna at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

The proceeds from the match, donations from the 2,352 spectators, a pledge of $10,000 from S.League co-title sponsors Great Eastern and various contributions from other corporations and club chairmen are donated to Dollah's family to help them pay for his medical bills.

He died this morning at 6.30am at his apartment.

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