The Asian Football Confederation mourns the death of Chuni Goswami

NEW DELHI: The President of Asia Football Confederacy AFC ) Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has condemned the disappearance of former Indian captain Subimal (Chuni) Goswami, who died in Kolkata on Thursday.

In a letter to Praying patel , President of All India Football Federation ( AIFF ), the AFC president wrote: I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the legendary former Indian captain Chuni Goswami , who passed away at the age of 82.

Goswami greatly contributed to the game in India and guided them to their historic Gold medal at the 1962 Asian Games and as runners-up at the memorable 1964 AFC Asian Cup, the letter further stated.

Goswami's greatest achievement was captaining India in the 1962 Asian Games gold medal when India secured a historic 2-1 victory against South Korea (Republic of Korea) in the final for their second gold medal in the history of the Asian Games.

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The entire Asian football family joins me to mourn the disappearance of this icon ... convey our condolences and condolences to his family, friends and football club Mohun Bagan during this difficult time, may he rest in peace! , Added the letter.

After debuting in 1958, Goswami represented India in 36 official international matches, captained in 16 of them and scored 13 goals. Goswami won the Arjuna Prize in 1963 and received the prestigious Padma Shri Prize in 1983.

At the domestic level, Goswami was part of the Bengal's triumphant Santosh Trophy squad thrice - in 1955, 1958, and in 1959. Whereas, at the club level, I represented Mohun Bagan for 15 consecutive years - from 1954 to 1968.

Over the years, he helped Bagan win the Calcutta Football League nine times, the IFA Shield and the Durand Cup five times each, the Rovers Cup thrice, the Dr HK Mookerjee Shield five times, Babu Kuer Singh Shield thrice and the Ananda Bazar Centenary Trophy once.

I've won 14 trophies for Mohun Bagan as captain.

Goswami did not only do well in soccer but also in cricket. He represented Bengal at the Ranji Trophy and even captained Bengal in the 1968-69 season. During his first-class career as a cricketer, he played 46 games accumulating 1,592 runs, including a century.

In 2005, he was awarded the Mohun Bagan Ratna and was bestowed the Banga Bibhusan in 2013. The Indian postal department also honored Goswami with a commemorative stamp on his 82nd birthday earlier this year.