'Dasmunsi's demise, a major loss for football'

Updated: Nov 21, 2017, 14:19 IST | IANS | New Delhi

All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel led the football fraternity in condoling the demise of his predecessor and veteran Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who passed away at the Apollo Hospital here yesterday

All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel led the football fraternity in condoling the demise of his predecessor and veteran Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who passed away at the Apollo Hospital here yesterday. Describing Dasmunsi's demise as a massive loss for Indian Football, Patel said: "It is very sad to hear that Dasmunshi is no more. His contribution to Indian Football can never be forgotten. The thoughts and prayers of the Indian football community are with his family and friends during this difficult time.

Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi
Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi

"He was a visionary and had laid the path for the development of Indian Football over the years. May his soul rest in peace," he added. Dasmunsi, 72, was in coma since 2008. He is survived by his wife Deepa Dasmunsi and son Priyadeep Dasmunsi. AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das in his message said: "He has been an inspiration to all. He was a workaholic and we will always remember him for his passion for Football. I share the grief.

"On behalf of AIFF we extend our heartfelt condolences to all members of the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace." Dasmunsi was first elected as the AIFF President in December 1988 when he succeeded Khalifa Ziauddin to the post.

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