Dollah collapses in mid-game
Mon, Oct 05, 2009
The Straits Times

By Terrence Voon

FORMER Singapore international Dollah Kassim was in hospital last night after suffering a heart attack at a veterans' football game.

Dollah, 60, collapsed at half-time during the annual Sultan of Selangor Cup curtain-raiser match between the veterans of Singapore and Selangor at the Jalan Besar Stadium yesterday evening. He is in intensive care at Tan Tock Seng hospital, where he is in stable condition after undergoing an emergency angioplasty, a procedure to unclog blocked arteries.

Dollah, affectionately known as the 'Gelek King', represented Singapore as a striker between 1968 and 1979. A regular at veterans' matches, he had played 10 minutes of the first half of yesterday's game before being substituted. Witnesses said he suffered a seizure during the interval, and was taken to hospital in an ambulance and admitted at 7.20pm. Said teammate Samad Allapitchay, who was next to Dollah at the time: 'His eyes were white and he just stopped breathing, so I immediately shouted for the doctor. From what I know, he suffered a massive heart attack but he's in stable condition now.'


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