Syed Nayeemuddin, Former Indian football team coach, to be awarded Mohun Bagan Ratna
Mohun Bagan on 15 June 2016 announced that it will honour country’s only Dronacharya football coach Syed Nayeemuddin with the Mohun Bagan Ratna.
Nayeemuddin was chosen for the prestigious award for his overall contribution to the club and the country both as a player and as a coach.
Who is Syed Nayeemuddin?
• Syed Nayeemuddin is an Indian football coach and former player.
• As a player, he captained the Indian national team that won a bronze medal at the 1970 Asian Games.
• He was appointed coach of India in 1997.
• He won the South Asian Football Federation Cup by beating the Maldives 5–1 and reached the semi-finals of the Nehru Cup for the first time.
• He is the only sports-person to win both the Arjuna and Dronacharya Awards for football.
About Mohun Bagan Ratna
• The Mohun Bagan Ratna is awarded annually to great football players.
• It is a mark of respect which recognizes and lauds indispensable contribution of football greats to the club over the years.
• The award is presented to the winners on 29 July, which is celebrated as Mohun Bagan Day.
• In 2015, Karuna Sankar Bhattacharya was honoured posthumously with the Mohun Bagan Ratna.