Former Malaysia captain and Olympian M. Chandran passes away

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Former Malaysia and Selangor defender Datuk M. Chandran passed away on Saturday morning, aged 77.


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


Former Malaysia and Selangor defender Datuk M. Chandran passed away on Saturday morning, aged 77.

According to media reports, he died at his house in Ampang Jaya, having suffered from motor neuron disease, surrounded by his family. 

Chandran was known during his playing days as a tough-tackling defender who led Selangor to several Malaysia Cup titles, but even more famously as the Malaysia captain who led them to the 1972 Olympics in Munich, and the Asian Games bronze medal two years later.

After hanging up his boots, he turned to coaching, taking the Red Giants' rein in three stints between 1975 and 1992, and leading Malaysia twice between 1982 and 1988.

Chandran's remains were cremated at the Sentul crematorium on the same day, with many of his former teammates, charges and colleagues in attendance.

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