DOLLAH Kassim, a man inextricably linked with the golden age of Singapore football, died yesterday, just over a year after collapsing during a veterans' game.

The former international, who helped the Lions to Malaysia Cup glory in 1977, was 61.

More than 300 family members and friends, including former teammates Quah Kim Lye, Samad Allapitchay and Ho Kwang Hock, gathered at Choa Chu Kang cemetery for the burial of the man nicknamed 'Gelek King' for his superlative dribbling skills.

Even Lions who played in the 1990s like Rafi Ali, Malek Awab, Nazri Nasir and David Lee came to pay their respects, a testimony to Dollah's appeal.

His wife of 31 years, Madam Faridah Syed Anwar, sobbed uncontrollably throughout the day, first at the wake at their five-room Sengkang flat, then at Sultan Mosque along Arab Street, and finally during the burial.

She was supported by family members as her husband's body was lowered to its final resting place.

Goodbye, Gelek King