Football: Former Singapore striker Quah Kim Swee, part of famous Quah family, dead at 76

Former Singapore star Quah Kim Swee and daughter Bee Jin at the Germany-Argentina quarter-final in Berlin.
Former Singapore star Quah Kim Swee and daughter Bee Jin at the Germany-Argentina quarter-final in Berlin. PHOTO: TRACY TEO

SINGAPORE - Quah Kim Swee, an ex-international striker for Singapore in the 1950s-1970s, died on Saturday after a long battle with illness. He was 76.

Playing alongside top local names such as Rahim Omar and Majid Ariff, Kim Swee was part of the Singapore team that enjoyed its best-ever Asian finishes, a fourth place at the 1966 Bangkok Asian Games, losing the bronze-medal match to Japan.

Kim Swee is part of the famous Quah family from Sembawang naval base and 10 out of the 11 siblings went on to represent Singapore in sports.

For four decades, there was at least one of the Quah brothers in the national team, from elder brother Kim Beng in 1954 to Kim Song, who played for the country from 1968 to 1983.

Sisters Theresa, Doreen and Rosa also played for the national women's team in the 1960s. Even though youngest brother Kim Tiong did not play football, he was a 400m runner who won a gold medal in the 1975 Seap Games (now known as the SEA Games).