Mohammedan Sporting honours former star
The executive committee of Mohammedan Sporting club has unanimously decided to confer the prestigious Shan-e-Mohammedan on former India footballer Latifuddin Najam at its Iftar Party on June 23.
The Shan-e-Mohammedan is the Lifetime Achievement Award of Mohammedan Sporting club, which is awarded annually to players for their
contribution to football.
Latifuddin, son of 1952 Helsinki Olympian Syed Khaja Moinuddin, was a useful winger who could play on both flanks.
"When I started playing I just wanted to be like my father. He was my idol, he always used to tell me whatever you do in your life do with honesty. I think I have him proud along the way." Latifuddin said.
"I played the game for passion and never think of any awards but today I felt honoured to recieve this award from a club which is closest to my heart." he added.
Latifuddin began his career at Andhra Pradesh Police team before moving to Kolkata in 1970 with Mohammedan Sporting.
Having spent a couple of seasons at Mohammedan Sporting, Latifuddin switched allegiance to East Bengal in 1972.
However, he returned to Mohammedan Sporting the very next year and stayed till 1980.