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12:00 AM, May 31, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:13 PM, May 31, 2020

Football icon Helal no more

Former national footballer Golam Rabbani Helal breathed his last at around 12:00 noon yesterday. He was 63.

Helal, who was on life support at the intensive care unit of Square Hospital following a brain haemorrhage at his Dhanmondi residence on Thursday, left behind his wife and two daughters.

Helal played for the national team from 1979 to 1985. At club level, he had been a permanent player for Abahani where he played from 1975 to 1988 except for a short spell at BJMC.

After retiring from football, Helal became director of Abahani and occupied different roles for the club. He was also an executive committee member of the BFF for five years. 

Three namaz-e-janazas were held, including one at the BFF premises and one at the Abahani Club ground before his burial at the Azimpur graveyard.

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Salahuddin, Abahani Club, Mohammedan Sporting Club and other clubs and officials from sporting community expressed their condolences at the passing away of the former national footballer.

Helal had been suffering from kidney disease and undergoing dialysis for the last year. He also underwent an open-heart surgery after cardiac arrest in April, 2017.

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