Can street be named after football legend Majid Ariff?

Majid Ariff, who died last Sunday, is a local football legend who is truly hero-worshipped by his legion of fans.

He earned his national cap in 1958, and is best remembered for scoring a brilliant goal for Singapore in their 3-1 win over Selangor in the Malaya Cup final at Merdeka Stadium in 1965.

He also helped take Singapore to a reputable fourth placing in the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok - the best finish by our Lions at the continental level.

The other proud moment for Majid was also in 1966, when he was selected for the Asian All-Stars team to play against English clubs Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday.

Majid gave several years of his life to the sport and nation - as a player, official and also coach, in which role he inspired and developed many youngsters including Fandi Ahmad.

The Jalan Besar Stadium was literally Majid's second home during his prime years. It was there that he exhibited his extraordinary soccer talent.

Perhaps we could rename the small street leading to Jalan Besar Stadium "Majid Ariff Road".

I am certain many Lions fans will agree with me wholeheartedly.

I hope the authorities will look into my proposal and give Majid Ariff a legacy he deserves.

A. Thiyaga Raju

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 14, 2018, with the headline 'Can street be named after football legend Majid Ariff?'. Subscribe