Nurul, who was survived by his wife, a son and a daughter, felt some ache in his stomach for last couple of days and was staying at his Kolabagan residence at the capital
Former national footballer and one of the finest ever midfielders of the land, Nurul Haque Manik passed away on Sunday afternoon. He was 53.
Nurul, who was survived by his wife, a son and a daughter, felt some ache in his stomach for last couple of days and was staying at his Kolabagan residence at the capital.
Before his sudden death, he had been working as a grass-root level coach for Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF). He was a taciturn but a very popular personality.
“He was very taciturn. I discussed with him two days ago. He was saying, he had been suffering with some stomach problems. We were supposed to join at a coaches’ meeting on Saturday but he could not come there. I thought he might have some symptoms of corona. But he did not disclose that to us. We heard that he died of brain stroke,” said Nurul’s close friend and former footballer Jabed Hossain Opu.
Nurul had an illustrious career. He was known as a great midfielder during the golden epoch of Dhaka football. He started his journey in the top flight football back in 1985 for Arambagh Krira Sangha. He played for Fakirapool Young Men’s Club, Brothers’ Union and Mohammedan Sporting Club as well.
Nurul had a unique feature of captaining all four top notch sides in Dhaka football. He wore the armband of Arambagh in 1987, for Fakirarpool in 1988, for Brothers in 1991 and captained MSC in 1995.
He was a regular member for the national side as well and featured for the men in red and green from 1987 to 1997.
He also played for Abahani Limited as a guest player when he faced East Bengal Club of India at Dhaka in Asian Cup Winners’ Cup. After retiring he came to coaching and had been working for BFF since 2007.
BFF, Sonali Otit and Football Coaches Association expressed their condolences on the death of Manik.