New Delhi: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) today condoled the demise of former Indian footballer Thulukhanamm Shanmugam who passed away in Bangalore late last night due to respiratory problem.
Shanmugam was a part of the gold medal-winning squad of the 1951 Asian Games in Delhi and also represented India in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. He was 92.
Shanmugam made his debut on March 7, 1951 against Afghanistan in the semifinal of Asian Games in New Delhi. Apart from that, he also represented India in another match ? in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics against Yugoslavia.
The legandary mid-fielder represented Maharaja Socials and Bangalore Student Football Club in the Bangalore Senior Division League but his big jump came when he joined the Sullivan Police Sports Club of the Bangalore Police Force in 1941.
"Shanmugam will be alive in his achievements. He was a legendary footballer and someone who has been the inspiration of so many generations. May he Rest in Peace," said Kushal Das, AIFF general secretary.
Shanmugam represented Mysore in the Santosh Trophy 1949-54. He also stayed a winning member of the Santosh Trophy winning squad in 1952.
After his playing days, he also coached Salgaocar SC and Goa.