One of our national treasures, goalie Chow Chee Kiong, also known as ‘Asian Stainless Steel Gate’ and ‘Crazy Sword’, has just passed away due to heart complications earlier today.
At the tender age of 15, Chow caught the attention of many sports elites making his national debut in 1965 and playing alongside other sports veterans like M Chandran, N Thanabalan and the Quah brothers, Kim Siak and Kim Swee.
Chow’s son confirmed him passing over on Facebook, saying that he had “fought hard and long for a long time to stay with us” but unfortunately he passed away around 7am at University Malaya Medical Centre.
He was voted five times in a row as Asia’s best by the Asian Football Confederation between 1966 and 1970, and later retired as a professional golfer, teaching golfing up to the time of his death. In the ’70s and early -’80s, he played with several Hong Kong football clubs and at one point, competed in both HK and Malaysia leagues simultaneously.
He sure left a great legacy behind, but most importantly, he left a huge mark in our hearts. We will miss you Chow Chee Kiong. Indeed, there will be no goalkeeper as great as you.