KUALA LUMPUR: Google Inc today unveiled its special Mokhtar Dahari 61st Birthday doodle on its website in conjunction with legendary national footballerâ€™s birthday.
The doodle titled â€œMokhtar Dahari 61st Birthdayâ€ which went online at midnight, portrayed an image of the footballer in national kit on a banner hanging from a stadium.
Born in Setapak, Selangor, the late Super Mokh as he was fondly known, attended school at Victoria Institute and firstly represented Selangor in Burnley Youth Club.
In his first season, Super Mokh was the top scorer and went on to score a staggering 197 goals in 388 appearances for Selangor between 1972 till 1988. He quit halfway and came out of retirement in 1987.
Known for his speed and devastating finishing, Super Mokh represented the national team at the tender age of 19. He played for the national team from 1972 till 1985 with 137 appearances, scoring 125 goals.
Fans who idolised him, would recall how he once scored a goal from half way line in a 1-1 draw against England B in 1978. Whenever he played, chants of SuperMokh would emblazon the stadiums.
After struggling with injuries, SuperMokh turned to coaching youths while coaching Kwong Yik Bank football team.
Super Mokh was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and sought treatment in London. After battling the disease, he passed away on July 11, 1991 at Subang Jaya Medical Centre.
This is not the first time a Malaysian-themed doodle was featured on Google website, as previously featured doodle included 2013 General Elections, the late Yasmin Ahmadâ€™s birthday, the 57th Merdeka Day celebration and most recently the 51st Malaysia Day celebration.-NST