Former captain of India football team Chuni Goswami passed away in Kolkata on Thursday after a prolonged illness. He was 82.
Goswami captained the 1962 Asian Games gold-medal winning Indian football team.
Under his captaincy, the Indian team finished runner-up at the Asian Cup in 1964 and narrowly lost to Burma in Merdeka football six months later.
Goswami always played for Mohun Bagan in club football and was also the captain of the Calcutta University in both football and cricket.
He also represented Bengal in first-class cricket tournaments.
The Indian legend, for the past few months, was suffering from underlying ailments with sugar, prostrate and nerve problems.
The footballer was admitted to a city hospital earlier on Thursday and he breathed his last at 5 pm after a cardiac arrest.
Goswami’s international career began in 1957 he was one of the biggest stars of Indian football.
At the age of 27 in 1964, he quit international football.
The Bengal cricket team under his captaincy reached the final of Ranji Trophy in the 1971-72 season.
They lost to Bombay in the final played at the Brabourne Stadium.