National footballer and former BSF Commandant, Nikunja Brahma, who represented Assam in national level football tournaments, passed away.

He breathed his last after a brief illness at a private hospital in Coochbeher of West Bengal on Monday.

He was 68 and leaves behind his wife, two sons, daughter-in-law, grand-daughter and a host of relatives.

Born on December 22, 1951, Brahma represented Assam (Kokrajhar Government Higher Secondary & Multipurpose School) in Subroto Mukherjee Cup, New Delhi in 1969 and 1970, National School Games Championship in 1969.

The Assam junior team, represented by Brahma, emerged champions in Dr BC Roy Trophy in 1971.

He also represented Gauhati University Football team in 1971 and 1973 and senior state football team in Santosh Trophy in 1972.

Brahma was also among the four recipients of the National Sport Talent Scholarship in 1971 from Assam.

He also played for Maharana AC, Daimalu Sports Club, and Barhoongkha Club.

Brahma retired as the Commandant of Border Security Force (BSF).

His funeral was performed on Tuesday at his native village in Kokrajhar.

The mortal remains of the veteran footballer were taken to premises of the Kokrajhar District Sports Association (KDSA) where people from all walks of life paid tributes.

Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) executive member Doneswar Goyary and the office-bearers of KDSA visited his house for paying their last respects to the departed soul.

Rinoy Basumatary

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