Malaysian Football Legend Chow Kwai Lam Dies

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Chow Kwai Lam, a decorated Selangor player, died today at age 76.

The respected former national football player, who excelled in the 60s and 70s, died at 11am at the Ampang Puteri Hospital with family members at his bedside.

“My father passed away peacefully. All the children and other family members were with him,” said Chow’s eldest daughter Carey.

She said her father was admitted to the hospital three days ago after his health deteriorated.

Chow had previously survived three strokes in 1995, 2000 and 2013.

He was among the biggest names in Malaysian football having represented the national team from 1965 to 1971. He was the captain of the 1965 Merdeka Tournament squad.

He also coached the national team in 1978 before coaching Selangor from 1979 to 1983. He then moved to coach Sarawak in 1984, and Kuala Lumpur in three stints – 1987 to 1989, 1992, and 1995-1998.

He had also coached the national Under-23 team nicknamed the Barcelona Babes from 1990-1991.

His most successful stint in the M-League was when he helped Kuala Lumpur win a Malaysia Cup hat-trick in 1987, 1988 and 1989.

Chow also coached in the Singapore League with Tampines Rovers from 2002-2003 and Paya Lebar Punggol from 2004-2005.