By Randhir Singh, The Malay Mail

Ishtiaq - A humble all-round sportsman

OBITUARY Ex-sportsmen seldom make good coaches. Ishtiaq Mubarak bucked the trend. He probably is the only ex-international who has produced endless champions.

He was no ordinary coach. Nor was he an ordinary athlete. He was special. A passionate lover of sports.

To the athletes he was a father figure. More of a Svengali. Young athletes looked up to him as a role model.