Former National Goalie Chow Chee Kiong Passes Away At 69

(source: thestar.com.my)

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.

(source: soccerfootballwhatever.blogspot.my)

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.

(source: A picture of Chow Chee-kong shared by his son on his Facebook page)

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.

(source: theindependent.sg)

 

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.