Fazal’s journey-from Nawabbari to New York

December 14, 2009

Picture courtesy Rumibaba

Khwaja Fazal Mahmood migrated to New York on the 17th May 2009 with his wife Sabiha Mahmood Setu and daughter Farhun Mahmood Zaina. He is currently residing in Sunnyside Queens and is working with the Hotel industry in Manhattan.
Fazal a national star started his hockey career with Bachelors Sporting club in 1982 playing in the Bangladesh National Hockey League. He signed with Abahani Krira Chakra in 1985 and continued to play for the prestigious Dhanmondi stalwart with blue outfit for long eleven years. During his tenure the club became champion in the first division hockey league in 1985-86, 1988-89, and was runner up in 1987-88. It was champion in the Independence Cup Hockey Tournament in 1985.

Fazal played in the prestigious Beighton Cup the oldest hockey tournament in the Indian subcontinent in 1985 and 1991 for Abahani Krira Chakra.

Fazal participated in all of the Bangladesh National Hockey Championship held between 1982 through 1992 as a player of Dhaka district team. He was awarded captaincy for Dhaka district in 1985 and vice captaincy in 1989 for the same team.

Fazal represented Bangladesh national team in several occasions. To name a few 1988 junior world cup hockey qualifying championship, 1989 Delhi Asia Cup and 1990 Indira Gandhi Gold Cup Hockey.

The right winger had to go for early retirement succumbing to knee injury in 1992.

Fazal is the son of Khwaja Osman Quader (a.k.a Chotu Mian and Ayesha Khatun). He is introvert, quiet and likes to maintain a low profile. The national star and pride of Nawabbari was born and brought up in 19 Ahsanullah Road. His grand father Khwaja Hassan Ali Kenu Mia, father Osman Quader, uncle Humayun Quader a.ka.Lengra Mia, elder brother Khwaja Sikander and Khwaja Badal (captain Bangladesh Railway), cousin Khwaja Irteza Guddu (national player), brother in law Sadek (captain Bangladesh national team and Abahani Krira Chakra) were famous hockey players.
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