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AFC chief Shaikh Salman Al Khalifa condoles death of former India footballer Fortunato Franco-Sports News , Happy Easterday

AFC chief Shaikh Salman Al Khalifa condoles dying of former India footballer Fortunato Franco-Sports activities Information , Comfortable Easterday

Considered one of India’s most interesting mid-fielders, Franco was part of Indian soccer’s golden period between 1960-64.

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New Delhi: Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman Al Khalifa has condoled the dying of India’s 1962 Asian Video games gold-winning group member Fortunato Franco, describing him as “a real legend of the sport”.

Franco died on Monday in Goa. He was 84.

Considered one of India’s most interesting mid-fielders, Franco was part of Indian soccer’s golden period between 1960-64.

“On behalf of the AFC and the Asian soccer household, please settle for my deepest condolences and sympathies on the passing of Fortunato Franco,” Shaikh Salman mentioned in a letter to All India Soccer Federation President Praful Patel.

“He was a real legend of the sport, whose worthwhile contributions fashioned the cornerstone of Indian soccer and served as an inspiration to so lots of at this time’s technology of gamers and followers. Now we have misplaced a exceptional icon and can ceaselessly cherish his ardour and dedication in the direction of Indian and Asian soccer.”

Franco was part of the 1960 Rome Olympics squad however did not get a recreation. Nonetheless, he was an integral a part of the 1962 Asian Video games gold profitable group in Jakarta.

He made 26 appearances for India, together with the 1964 Asian Cup, the place India completed runners-up, and silver and bronze medal profitable sides of 1964 and 1965 Merdeka Cup.

However his finest efficiency was within the 1962 Asian Video games the place Indian soccer witnessed its most interesting hour, beating South Korea 2-1 within the last in Jakarta in entrance of 100,000 folks.

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Updated: May 11, 2021 — 8:15 am

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