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Former Indian soccer captain Babu Mani has died

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Former Indian soccer captain Babu Mani has died

Babu Maniwhich was an integral part of Indian football team passed away on Saturday after a long battle with liver problems. He was 59 years old.

The former Indian striker died on Saturday evening at Kolkata City Hospital.

Babu Mani made his debut for India against Argentina in Calcutta during the 1984 Nehru Cup and played 55 matches for the country. He was also part of the first Indian squad to qualify for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in 1984 and then played in the tournament in Singapore.

Mani was also a member of the Indian team that won gold medals at the 1985 and 1987 South Asian Games.

“Babu Mani will always be remembered for his exploits on the pitch,” said All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary Shaji Prabhakaran. “He was an exceptional footballer and inspired many young people.”

On the club front, Babu Mani stands out playing for three Kolkata giants – Mohammedan Sporting, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. As a player, he won the Santosh Trophy twice, in 1986 and 1988, representing Bengal.

Babu Mani is survived by his wife and son.

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