World hockey legend from Pakistan – Manzoor Hussain commonly known as Manzoor Junior passed away (إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ – Surely we belong to ALLAH/GOD and to HIM shall we return) in Lahore after suffering cardiac arrest early morning today.
The 63 year old legend was rushed to a hospital, however, could not survive.
Belonging to Sialkot, Late Manzoor was born on 28th October, 1958 and as an integral part of Pakistan’s most frightening forward line was regarded as one of the greatest hockey player.
He wore the Pakistan national cap 175 times and had 86 goals to his credit.
During 1975 – 1984, Manzoor Junior as a forward position striker was known for his extraordinary stick work. One of his memorable displays was during the 1982 World Cup final, when he dodged six German defenders and scored a goal.
- – He was also the last captain under which Pakistan won the last Olympics hockey gold.
- – Was the manager in 1994 of the Pakistan team that won the World Cup which was also the last gold medal.
- – Also regarded as The Golden Boy, as he won the highest number of gold medals.
- – Manzoor was in the team that won the Bronze Medal during 1976 Montreal Olympics.
- – Captained the Pakistan team that won the Gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
- – Awarded the Pakistan President’s Award for Pride of Performance.