Former national team star footballer Kaiser Hamid’s brother Shahjahan Hamid has been suffering from brain cancer for some time now. Everybody knows Bobby Hamid by name in the domestic stadium. Bobby Hamid, who is battling cancer, passed away this morning.
The 59-year-old former footballer died at the Combined Military Hospital in the capital. Bobby Hamid’s janaza will be held at Banani DOHS Mosque after Asr today. He will be buried at Bangladesh Army Cemetery in the evening.
Confirming the news of Bobby Hamid’s death, his brother Sohail Hamid said, ‘My brother was undergoing treatment in India for a month and a half. But the doctors there sent him back. After coming to Dhaka, I was having trouble eating. The doctors were trying to feed the nose with a tube. He has been in the hospital for the last 20 days. Bobby died at 10:30 this morning.
Bobby himself has played football at the highest level in the country. He played in the traditional Wari club in the early nineties. In the 1992 league, Wari lost to Mohammedan by Bobby’s goal. In that match, Bobby Wari scored the winning goal by beating his elder brother Kaiser Hamid. Although he was never called up for the national football team, he played as a national in handball. Besides football, he was also a good handball player. He played for Brothers Union at club level.
The Hamid family is unique in Bangladesh. Bobby is the youngest child in that family. Bobby Hamid’s father Colonel MA Hamid is the founding president of Bangladesh Handball Federation. At one time he was the vice chairman of the National Sports Council. Mother Rani Hamid is a pioneer of women athletes in Bangladesh. International women’s master Rani Hamid has been playing chess since she was 80 years old. The fact that three people from the same family received national sports awards is also unique. Colonel Hamid, Rani Hamid and Kaiser Hamid received the National Sports Award from this family.
Rani Hamid has three sons, Kaiser Hamid, Sohail Hamid and Bobby Hamid. Jebin Hamid, a daughter of Rani Hamid. Kaiser Hamid is a big star in the history of football in the country. Sohail Hamid is a former squash player of the national team. Bobby Hamid has two daughters, Samaha Hamid and Rania Hamid. Among them are Samaha handball players. Bobby’s wife Tania Hamid also played handball in the national team at one time.