Dr.Talimeren Ao - a legendary footballer

Dr.Talimeren Ao (1918-1998)
Dr.Talimeren Aao (1918-1998)
Dr. Talimeren Ao (Born: Jan 28, 1918 - Died: Sept 13, 1998) - a legendary footballer of Changki, Nagaland, captained the first Indian football team which participated in the London Olympics of 1948. Playing barefooted like many of his team-mates, Ao and India were eliminated in the first round.

In national competition, Ao played for Mohun Bagan between 1943 and 1952. In the 1950 Durand Cup final, he switched his position when the goalkeeper of his team had to leave the field due to injury, and helped his team to draw the match. In 1972 he received a rare honor of being made a member of the All India Council of Sports.

Dr. T. Ao was the son of Rev. Subongwati Ao and Maongsangla. He was married to Deikim Doungel.

After passing from Cotton College of Gauhati, Assam Aao went to study medicine in R.G.Kar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata in 1943. In the same year he became a member of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club. In 1963, the Government posted him as Assistant Civil Surgeon in Kohima Hospital, Nagaland. Dr.T.Ao rose to become the first Naga Director of Health Services. He held this post till his retirement in 1978.

In 2009, Union minister for mines and DoNER B.K Handique inaugurated the first Dr. T. Ao Football Trophy at the DDSC Stadium in Dimapur, Nagaland.


(Photo taken from - http://dimapur.nic.in/taoprofile.htm)

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3 comments:

  1. A man of class and honor, he was definitely the best indian football had ever seen and will ever get to see. Though a legendary stutus, its really heartbreaking to see him so underrated.
    I for one would love to see him rank on top among the likes of Baichung bhutia and sunil chetri.
    May he rest in peace!
    We love you and will never forget you. Thanks for making india proud.
    Forever your fan. :-)

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  2. Iam so proud to be a naga. Thanks to internet, people are getting to know about the lost Naga football hero who took the then indian football team to a place of glory. He is the best of the best. Legends has it, he played bare foot. Iam so honored to have born and brought up in nagaland where the great hero Talimeren is resting in peace.

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  3. As his son I wish to correct a few errors which I see in this article. The first round was a match between Burma and India but India was given a walkover. India's second match was with France. Secondly, in the Durand Cup of 1950, my father didn't "switch" teams. It was Mohun Bagan's goalkeeper who was injured and he stood in his stead. My father would never turn his back on Mohun Bagan. My father's mother was Maongsangla. My mother is Deikim Doungel, T.Ao's wife. T.Ao went to study medicine in Kolkata in 1943, the year he became a member in Mohun Bagan Athletic Club. Lastly, In 1963 he joined Kohima Hospital as Asstt. Surgeon, not 1953.
    We love you, Dad.

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