Former All India Football Federation (AIFF) Vice-President A.R. Khaleel passed away. He was 91. Khaleel, who had served as the president of the Karnataka State Football Association (KSFA) for 28 years, had also served as the AIFF treasurer and executive committee member. On occasion, Khaleel was a member of Asian Football Confederation Standing Committees.
A prominent face in the Indian Football administration for nearly six decades, Khaleel was also active at the continental level, and on occasion was a member of the Asian Football Confederation Standing Committees. A President of the KSFA for 28 years till 2018, Khaleel had worked for the game in various capacities. He was a footballer, who ran Jawahar Union FC, one of Bengaluru’s traditional clubs, was an administrator par excellence, and served Karnataka football as an office bearer for many years. He also donned managerial roles for the Indian National Teams in various age groups.