N. Ganesan, Singaporean football administrator, Died at 82


Nadesan Ganesan was born on October 31, 1932, and died on July 1, 2015.

He was a chairman of the Football Association of Singapore.

Nadesan served as FAS vice-chairman for two years before he was appointed chairman on 31 March 1976, and was a vice-president of the Asian Football Confederation.

He stepped down as FAS chairman in 1982. He was a criminal lawyer by trade.

Nadesan was born in Tank Road to Ceylonese Tamil parents, the youngest of five children.

After the war, Nadesan studied at Victoria School and later at Anglo-Chinese School.

Nadesan had been a table-tennis and hockey player, a track athlete and a footballer.

He was responsible for changing the Malaysia Cup venue from the Jalan Besar Stadium to the 55,000 capacity National Stadium.

Nadesan also revamped the local leagues and their 118 teams into the 30-team National Football League.

Nadesan was a staunch supporter of coach Choo Seng Quee, whom he brought in as national coach after his election.

Choo led Singapore to a Malaysia Cup title in 1977, twelve years after the team last won the competition.

Nadesan fought for the Pre-World Cup tournament to be held in Singapore’s National Stadium in 1977.

Singapore finished second in the group, but lost to Hong Kong in the play-off final.

The Lion City Cup was founded by Ganesan in 1977 as the first Under-16 tournament in the world.

The tournament would serve as inspiration for FIFA to introduce the FIFA U-16 World Championship in 1985.

Nadesan was awarded the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat medal in 1978 for his services to Singapore football.

He suffered a stroke in 2011 and moved to a nursing home where he has stayed since.

Nadesan later passed away on July 1, 2015 in the morning, aged 82.