Kolkata: Legendary Footballer Chuni Goswami died in Kolkata on Thursday afternoon after prolonged illness. He was 82. Chuni Goswami was the captain of gold medal winning Indian footballteam of Jakarta Asiad held in 1962. He was awarded Arjun , Padmasree and several others prestigious awards for his outstanding contributions in the field of Sports . He received Mohonbagan Ratna awards in 2005 . The West Bengal Government conferred him the highest civilian award Banga Bibhusan in 2013 . Chuni Goswami was captain of Bengal Ranji Cricket team. He was also Sheriff of Kolkata.
President Ram Nath Kovid has expressed sadness at the passing away of football player Chuni Goswami. The President said in his demise, India’s football fans have lost a legend. He extended his condolences to his family, friends and admirers.
The West Bengal Chief Minister Miss Mamata Banerjee has also expressed deep sorrow over demise of the noted footballer.