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KUANTAN, April 8 -- Former Pahang striker Rosmaini Mohd Shah, who used to strike fear in opponents’ hearts back in the 70s and 80s, died at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan (HTAA) Hospital here today. He was 67.
This was confirmed by his younger brother, Abdullah, 65, who said that Rosmaini died at about 3.15 pm due to a blood infection.
“My brother was first detected to be suffering from a blood infection in January and had to be warded for a week before being discharged.
“Since then, he has been warded several times and, in March, we were told that the infection had spread and affected many other organs,” he said when contacted today, adding that Rosmaini, who was the second of nine siblings, left behind wife Azam Afiah, 66,
Rosmaini, who was also known as ‘Chud’, started to be active in football at the of 16 and played in the youth league before representing The Elephants as well as appearing several times for the national team, where he used to play with the likes of Datuk Jamal Nasir, D. Davendran and Tajudin Noor.
His silky skills also caught the attention of the Thai team back in the 80s and he was even called ‘Chud Lanun’ by the Thai players.
His remains will be buried at the Hutan Setali Islamic Cemetery, here, after the Isyak prayers today.