Former India skipper and a Mohun Bagan legend Chuni Goswami passed away on Thursday at the age of 82 in a Kolkata hospital after suffering from a prolonged illness. Also Read - LaLiga 2020-21 to Begin From September 12, Says President Javier Tebas
Goswami, who was a popular figure in Indian football, led the national team to win the gold in the 1962 Asian Games. He also led the side in the 1964 Asian Cup, where India emerged runners-up. Also Read - COVID-19: Why Sunil Chhetri Does Not Prefer Closed-Door Matches
He was suffering from underlying ailments with sugar, prostrate, and nerve problems. His family confirmed he had been admitted to a private hospital in the morning and he passed away at 5 PM in the evening due to a cardiac arrest. Also Read - Coach And 10 Players at Peruvian Club Have Coronavirus
He footballing stalwart made his international debut in 1957 and went on to become one of the most renowned faces of football in the country.
Goswami played 50 matches for India as a footballer from 1956 to 1964.
Not just football, Goswami represented Bengal in 46 first-class games between 1962 and 1973.
He scored 1592 runs in 46 First Class games which included a century.
Born on 15 January 1938, in the Kishoreganj district of undivided Bengal (now Bangladesh), Subimal (Chuni) Goswami began his professional career with local giants Mohan Bagan FC in 1954 as a junior player.
In college, he captained the Calcutta University teams in both football and cricket.
In the later stage of his career, he contributed to the game as he served the Tata Football Academy as the president and was appointed as The Sheriff of Kolkata in 2005.
(With agency inputs)