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Story of two legends Syed Muzafar and Syed Masood

Story of two legends Syed Muzafar and Syed Masood

By Haji Fayaz Sofi (JKFA)

Srinagar, July 28: When we look through the history of football from the time of Maharaja rule, many educated families dominated the game. The SP College ground had been one of the earliest ground used for organizing football matches.

Late Syed Abdullah Shah played football from a private Club Friends Club. He played as a center forward. He was a good player and scored many goals. This was the time when legend goalkeeper Late Habibullah Dev (Punzo) was also part of this team.
Late Syed Wali Shah, younger brother of Syed Abdullah, also played football from the same team. He was also a good hockey player. He was one of the founding members of JKFA and had held the post general secretary. This legacy of football was taken forward by the sons of Late Syed Abdullah Shah.

Syed Muzaffer Hussain was born on 21st March 1960 at Munawarabad Srinagar. He went to Primary School Munawarabad and Middle School Sathoo Bar Bar Shah. From Middle School, in 1972 he played Inter School Tournament and won against Ganesh Gath Team at Bhakshi Stadium. He went to SP Higher Secondary School played and won many Inter-School tournaments. In 1979 he became the Captain of the SP School Football Team. His first professional club was Munawarabad FC. Then he joined Amar Singh College 1981 and made way into the college football team. In 1982 he represented then state at Junior National Tournament at Agartala Tripura and played Inter-University Football Tournament at Srinagar.

Syed Muzaffer Hussain was a smart and energetic player. He played both as left out and right out. He played with both feet. He was a very fast and speedy player and a good ball dribbler. He was a skilled player and played with enthusiasm. He scored many good goals. He became one of the great Left out in the ’80s. He joined the Cosmos club, an emerging and new club of that time. He remained on the same team up to 1990.

In 1985 the team won Senior Division League Tournament organized by JKFA and participated at All India Sher-e-Kashmir Gold Cup at Srinagar. In 1986 they won knockout football organized by JKFA and played Durand Cup (Delhi). They emerged runners up in Knockout Tournament 1987 and Saifudin Memorial Football Tournament organized by SP College 1988.

Syed Masood-Ul-Hassan was born on 31 March 1961. He went to Primary School Munawarabad and Middle School Sathoo Bar Bar Shah like his brother. In 1972 he played Inter School Tournament and won against Ganesh Gath Team at Bhakshi Stadium. He went to SP Higher Secondary School and played and won many Inter-School tournaments from this school. His first professional club was Munawarabad FC. In 1979 he was awarded a certificate of merit for participating in the 21-day residential coaching camp organized by the J&K State Sports Council. He represented the state at 25th national school games (Autumn Meet) held in Guwahati 1979 and as a captain at Bihar 1981. He played Junior National at Ernakulum Kerala 1981 and Agartala Tripura 1982. Syed Masood-Ul-Hassan played as forward in school days and then as a defender.

A tall and smart player, he played an aggressive game. He was a talented defender. In the 1980’s he came to limelight. His head work was marvelous. His tackling was perfect. He watched the opponent sharply and keenly. Opponent players could hardly beat him. He joined Cosmos Club from 1981 to 1987. He also became the captain of the team. In 1985 the team won Senior Division League Tournament organized by JKFA and participated at All India Sher-e-Kashmir Gold Cup at Srinagar. In 1986 they won knockout football tournament organized by JKFA and played Durand Cup (Delhi). They emerged runner ups in Knockout Tournament 1987 and Saifudin Memorial Football Tournament organized by SP College 1988. He was selected in the Kashmir XI team for playing King Bin…

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