PV Desk : Former national footballer Golam Rabbani Helal passed away at a city hospital on Saturday at the age of 63.

He breathed his last at the Square Hospital in the capital at around 12:15pm.

The former footballer of Abahani Limited was admitted to the hospital after suffering brain hemorrhage at his Dhanmondi Resident on Thursday morning, family sources said.

He had been suffering from kidney disease and undergoing dialysis for the last year. He also underwent an open-heart surgery after cardiac arrest in April, 2017.

Helal played for the national football team from 1979 to 1985.

He had been a permanent player of Abahani where he played from 1975 to 1988 except a short spell at BJMC.

Helal become the director of Abahani and occupied different roles for the club after retiring from football.

Golam Rabbani Helal was also the executive committee member of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) for five years.

Edited By-Shekhar Tripaty