Sopore: Former Jammu and Kashmir defender and president of Baramulla Football Association Abdul Subhan Janwari died on Saturday, a family member said on Sunday.
“He died at 3:30 pm yesterday (Saturday) after a prolonged illness,” the family member said. Born in Ashpir Mohala of north Kashmir’s Sopore town, Janwari has represented Jammu and Kashmir in various national tournaments including Santosh trophy.
After hanging his boots in 1963, he took over as president of District Baramulla Football Association before bidding adieu to football in 2006. And in meantime he also started coaching young enthuaist lads of the area. Janwari has also been credited as the face of football in the north Kashmir where to popularise the game he founded the very first soccer team, Mohamadan Sports Club, in the area. Recalling his early days, Ghulam Mohammad, local resident, said, “He was so passionate about the game that he always used to carry his jersey and boots to the Masjid for fajr prayers.” “…So that he can go straight to the pitch after prayers,” Mohammad said. He was also awarded as the first-level referee certificate by the Sports control Board of Uttar Pradesh after completing his training in Madras (now Chennai). “He was a straightforward and lively person, who was kind with everyone specially kids who played soccer under his guidance,” Tanveer, a young footballer, told Kashmir Reader.
“Subhan sahib will be remembered for a long time. Apart from being a great footballer and a tireless sports fan, he was known for his characteristic style and flamboyance,” Shabir Ahmed, another soccer player said.
Janwari, survived by wife, son and a daughter, was laid to rest on Saturday in his ancestral graveyard in Sopore.