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Naru Dai passes away

Dehradun: One of the most popular faces of Doon football, Naru Dai passed away in Dehradun on Wednesday. A 1/11 Gorkha Rifles footballer, Nar Bahadur Gurung was among the finest soccer player in the 60s. He died of heart attack, post operation, at a hospital in the state capital on Wednesday.
The last rites was performed in Haridwar on Thursday- in which many people associated with football participated to pay their last respect to a committed footballer ever seen by Doon soccer.

Naru Dai was born in 1940 at Abbottabad in Pakistan. Before independence the Gurung family moved to Dehradun and settled here. In 1959 Naru Dai joined the 1/11 Gorkha Rifles and was a regular member of the army side. He represented his team at the Durand Cup and many other reputed championship- including the services team in the Santosh Trophy.

After retiring from the Indian Army in 1981, Naru Dai trained thousand of young footballers. He operated the Ajabpur Youngster Club in the 80s and his lifelong passion was to help budding players.
A non-controversial man, the short and gutsy Gorkha footballer was a familiar face of Doon football. He used to ensure his attendance in most of the matches of the Dehradun league.

A soft spoken and gentle guy, Naru Dai was praised by his friends for his honesty. Legendary Indian footballer Amar Bahadur, who passed away couple of years back, used to say, “When we started playing football, Naru Dai was our hero.”

It was a familiar scene daily during the football season! An elderly man used to take his walk from the Ajabpur railway crossing to Dharmpur- carrying his umbrella- for taking a Vikram to the Pavilion ground. As the match used to end the man used to get up silently have small chat with friends and make exit for catching early cab his home. He used to perform any responsibility sincerely provided by the District Football Association or any club.

Naru Dai was successful in reviving the Ajabpur Youngster Club. The football club participated in the Dehradun district football league after a long gap in 2016. Even this year the club is playing in the A division league.

DehradunFootball express sadness over the death of a great footballer. May his soul rest in peace.


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