Former Indian footballer given tearful farewell

Kochi: Former India footballer Hamilton Bobby passed away in Kochi following a cardiac arrest.

He was 44 and is survived his wife and two children.

Bobby, an assistant manager of Indian Bank, fell unconscious at his place of work on Saturday and was rushed to a hospital, but could not be saved, family sources said.

He had twice captained Tamil Nadu in Santosh Trophy and represented the state for seven years from 1993-2000.

The footballer had also played in the under-16 and under-23 national teams and was a member of the senior India national team at President`s Cup in Colombo.

Bobby is the younger brother of former International Xavier Pius.

Dr Ashok Kumar, former footballer of Indian Bank and former player I M Vijayan were among those who paid tributes to Bobby.

The funeral was held at the St Joseph Church at Chullikkal at a fort nearby Kochi on Sunday.