1972 Olympics football great Salleh Ibrahim dies at 72

Salleh Ibrahim was a winger on Malaysia’s football team at the 1972 Munich Olympics. (Facebook pic)

KOTA BHARU: Former national Olympic footballer Salleh Ibrahim died today at his residence in Pengkalan Chepa due to an enlarged liver. He was 72.

Kelantan Football Association president Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Abdullah described Salleh, who represented the country at the 1972 Munich Olympics, as one of the greats from the golden generation of Malaysian football.

Salleh was buried at the Kampung Landak cemetery in Pengkalan Chepa. He leaves behind his wife, Zainon Abdullah, and six children.

Salleh, who played as a winger, is fondly remembered for scoring the second goal in Malaysia’s 3-0 win over the United States in a group match in Ingolstadt at the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany in 1972.