Former captain of the Indian football team, Babu Mani, dies

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Kolkata; Former captain of Indian football team, Babu Mani passed away. He was 59 years old. Babu Mani, who was suffering from liver disease for months, died in Kolkata on Saturday. He is a native of Karnataka.

Made his international debut against Argentina in the Nehru Cup tournament held in Kolkata in 1984. Played 55 matches for India. Played in the AFC Asian Cup tournament in 1984. He was a member of the gold medal winning Indian football teams at the SAFF Games in 1985 and 1987. All India Football Federation President Kalyan Choubey and General Secretary Shaji Prabhakaran have agreed the demise of Babu Mani.

Babu Mani was one of India’s best wingers. He was a member of the first Indian team to qualify for the 1984 Asia Cup. Babu Mani was one of the 4 players to score for India in their resounding victory over Yemen in the qualifiers. He was part of the Bengal team that won the Santhosh Trophy in 1986 and 88. He has played for Kolkata Mohammedan Sporting, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal clubs. Babu Mani came to Kolkata in 1983 to play for Mohammedan Sporting and settled here.

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