Ahmed Khan

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Achievements (Football)

The Times of India, Aug 28 2017


In a newly-independent India, Ahmed was part of the legendary `barefoot' squad that made its debut in Olympic football at the 1948 London Games.Ahmed, who used to play in the inside-left position, sparkled in their opening-round match against France, where the Indian team comprising stars such as Sailen Manna, Talimeren Ao, BN Vajravelu and Sarangapani Raman fought bravely but suffered a close 1-2 loss and were eliminated. Ahmed's impeccable ball control and intelligent runs into the box caught the attention of rival coaches and players alike and earned him the nickname `Snake Charmer'.

India's withdrawal from the 1950 World Cup in Brazil two years later would remain Ahmed's biggest regret. Ahmed was drafted into the squad for the 1951 Asian Games, where India won the gold.

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