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“Knowing we represented Malaysia made us so proud”

DATO M. CHANDRAN – Malaysian – National Football Player (Interviewed in 2017)

Dato M Chandran passed away in 2019.

NOT MANY PEOPLE HAVE HAD THE EXPERIENCE of walking into a stadium with your teammates to the sound of 60,000 screaming spectators. M. Chandran has had that experience, proudly representing Malaysia at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. That was the only time the Malaysian football team played in the Olympics. The 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow would have been the second had we not boycotted the games.

In 1974, Malaysia beat North Korea at the Asian Games for the bronze medal. The players standing beside him included ‘Spiderman’ R. Arumugam, “Towkay’ Soh Chin Aun, ‘Mr Cool’ Shukor Salleh, ‘SuperMokh’ Mokhtar Dahari and Santokh Singh.

That was the golden age of Malaysian football.

When asked about how Malaysian football could be improved, Chandran said, “We need to identify potential football talent through football academies. But we are losing our football fields to development. There aren’t enough fields for kids to play football anymore.”

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