◤Malaysian Premier League◢ Kelantan and Malaysia legendary former international center forward Hashim Mustapha euthanized and died of illness at the age of 57..

2022-11-30 21:13

◤Malaysian Premier League◢ Kelantan and Malaysia legendary former international center forward Hashim Mustapha euthanized and died of illness at the age of 57..

Malaysian Premier League powerhouse Kelantan confirmed on Tuesday (November 29) local time through their official Facebook that the club's legendary former international center forward Hashim Mustapha unfortunately died if illness later in the evening of the same day at the age of 57.

Kelantan wrote in its obituary that Mustapha was euthanized in the intensive care unit of Kubang Kerian Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital due to his worsening diabetes following the consent of his surviving family and Mustapha himself.

Subsequently, Nizad Ayub, Mustapha's son-in-law, who is also former Kelantan and Malaysia international center forward, revealed in an interview with the Malaysian Malay newspaper Sinar Harian that his father-in-law Mustapha passed away peacefully, and his family members were also present and stayed by his side at the time, while holding back their tears.

In addition, the report also added that Mustapha was buried on Wednesday (November 30) morning local time in order to comply with the COVID-19 pandemic  prevention and health precautionary measures made by the Malaysian government in recent years.

The late former Malaysian international center forward, whose full name is Mohammad Hashim Mustapha, was born in Kota Bharu, Kelantan on January 31, 1966. He was 1.7 meters tall and plays as a center forward. His style of play resembles that of Manchester City and Norway's modern day wonderkid Erling Håland. Mustapha was invited to join the Kelantan youth academy since he was a child. At only 19 years old, Mustapha made his Kelantan first-team debut in March 1984, and has since started his glorious professional footballing career.

As one of the most well-known center forwards in the history of Malaysian football, Mustafa played 30 times for Kelantan in all competitions in the 1994 Malaysian Super League season, scoring 29 goals and winning the Malaysian Super League Golden Boot Award, and even led the team to win the Malaysia Cup the following year.

In 1999, when he played briefly in Johor Darut Ta'zim, Mustapha also won a Malaysian Premier League title with the club by virtue of his high scoring efficiency. When he returned to play for Kelantan in 2000, despite he had aged, Mustapha managed to maintain his high scoring efficiency, scoring 48 goals in the Malaysian Super League with the club in two years.

Internationally, Mustapha represented the Malaysian national team in 45 matches across all competitions from 1984 to 1996, scoring 34 goals and leading the team to win the silver medal in the 1987 Southeast Asian Games.

After retiring in 2001, Mustapha returned to Kelantan in 2008 to become the coach of the team's youth academy, and then began to work as an assistant coach and scout for the first team in 2001. In addition to discovering the current legendary goalkeeper of Kelantan and Malaysia Khairul Fahmi, he also helped The  Red Warriors won 2 Malaysian Super League titles, 2 Malaysia Cup titles, 2 Malaysian FA Cup titles, 1 Malaysian Community Shield title, 1 Malaysian Premier League title and 1 Malaysian third division title. After leaving the team in mid-2015, Mustapha returned to Kelantan again the following year as the first-team's head coach.

In recent years, Mustapha has been suffering from the severe diabetes. After resigning from all coaching positions in 2018, he has been concentrating on staying at home to recuperate. However, in March this year, it was reported that his wound was infected by bacteria after falling from a motorcycle and failed to stop the bleeding for a long time. He even had his left foot amputated at the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital in Kota Bharu on October 28 local time, but unfortunately he still failed to overcome the illness.