The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has extended his condolences to the family and friends of former India captain Chuni Goswami, who passed away at the age of 82 on Thursday, April 30, 2020 after battling a prolonged illness.
Shaikh Salman said, “On behalf of the whole Asian football family, please accept my heartfelt sympathies and condolences on the passing of Chuni Goswami. His legacy and contributions to Indian football will always be cherished and remembered and we mourn the loss of a great icon of the game.”
A true legend of Indian football, Goswami was the Blue Tigers’ most successful ever skipper, having guided them to the gold medal at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Two years later, he led India to finish as runners-up at the 1964 AFC Asian Cup, which remains the country’s best-ever performance in the Continent’s most prestigious tournament.
He is also regarded as one of the finest players to have donned the green and maroon colours of club side Mohun Bagan, winning 31 trophies and scoring over 200 goals in his illustrious 12-year stint for the West Bengal giants.
Off the pitch, Goswami was also instrumental in nurturing Indian football’s brightest talent at the Tata Academy.
The thoughts and prayers of the AFC and the rest of the Asian football community are with the family and friends of Goswami, the All India Football Federation and the Indian football community during this difficult time.