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Former national goalkeeper Lok Bahadur Shahi dies

Former national team goalkeeper Lok Bahadur Shahi died on Sunday evening at his hometown in Dailekh.

According to All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) President Karma Tsering Sherpa, Shahi died due to multiple organ failure. The 65-year-old was the member of the nation team that won gold in 1984 in the first SAF Games held in Kathmandu.

Considered as one of the best goalkeepers Nepal has ever had, he played for the national side from 1982 to 1989. Apart from his playing career, he was also involved in football administration as the general secretary of ANFA from 1995 to 2002.

He also served as former president at Nepal Boxing Association and Nepal Ice Hockey Association.

Shahi, survived by two daughters, a son and a wife was cremated in Dailekh on Monday.

ANFA President Sherpa said that the football fraternity was greatly shocked by the demise of Shahi.

“His death is a great loss to Nepali football,” said Sherpa.

Former ANFA President Ganesh Thapa who played alongside Thapa, on a Facebook post said: “I am deeply saddened by the untimely death of my friend Shahi whom I worked closely with at ANFA and played with him in the national team. Nepali sports has lost a good manager. His contributions both as a player and manager will be remembered. I express heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and pray for his eternal peace “

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Published in: January 11, 2021, 3:36 pm, By in Main News

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