The Ex-State and Ex-National Footballers Association of Malaysia is saddened with the passing away of our past President and national football legend, Datuk M. Chandran.
The current President of the Association, Datuk Soh Chin Aun and members of the Association conveys its heartfelt and deepest condolence to the family of Datuk M. Chandran.
“He has excellent leadership qualities and is respected by his teammate and the football fraternity. A great role model as a player and an administrator, who leads by example and a strict disciplinarian. He led the Association with distinction as the President and it was a responsibility, I felt very hard to fill when I took over the Presidentship in 2014,” said Datuk Soh Chin Aun.
The Deputy President of the Association and a national football legend in his own rights, Datuk N. Thanabalan had this to say about Chandran – “It is a great loss to me personally as he was more of a close friend tan a teammate to me. We played together in the national team for seven years, he as the great defender and I trying to sneak the goals in. Our friendship extends beyond the football field as we were close family friends too. It is an irreplaceable loss to me and the nation.”
“He was a player with the highest level of discipline, commitment and dedication to the sports that he loved so much and sacrificed part of his life to. He was always there to provide moral support when the odds were against us. A true leader who held the team together and led the team to its highest achievement the nation had achieved so far, qualifying and playing in the 1972 Munich Olympics. He will be greatly missed,” said Datuk Santokh Singh, the Vice-President of the Association a national football legend himself.
The Association and its members, including Datuk Soh Chin Aun, Datuk N. Thanabalan and Datuk Santokh singh is currently in Perth, Australia for a fellowship football match with the Western Australian Football Association and are unable to pay their last respects to Datuk M Chandran.
Our thoughts are with his family during this trying times.
Thomas Samuel, APR, FIPR