Thursday, July 11, 2013

11 July 1991 - Malaysia's Brightest Star Burns Out

On 11 July 1991, Malaysia's all-time leading scorer Mokhtar Dahari died at the age of 37 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Born in 1953, the striker, nicknamed "Super Mokh," spent the majority career with Selangor, making 388 league appearances between 1972 and 1988. During that time, he won two league titles and ten Malaysia Cups. His 197 goals remain a club record.

In 1972, he debuted for the Malaysian national team and went on to score a team-record 125 goals in 137 appearances. Although the team never qualified for a major tournament during his tenure, he did win gold medals at the 1977 and 1979 Southeast Asian Games (he scored in both finals, providing the winning goal in the latter).

He retired in 1988 and was later diagnosed with ALS, a degenerative muscular condition also known as motor neurone disease or Lou Gehrig's disease, which ultimately led to his death in 1991.

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