Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman Al Khalifa has condoled the loss of life of India’s 1962 Asian Video games gold-winning group member Fortunato Franco, describing him as “a real legend of the sport”.
Franco died on Monday in Goa. He was once 84.
Certainly one of India’s best mid-fielders, Franco was once part of Indian soccer’s golden generation between 1960-64.
“On behalf of the AFC and the Asian soccer circle of relatives, please settle for my inner most condolences and sympathies at the passing of Fortunato Franco,” Shaikh Salman mentioned in a letter to All India Soccer Federation President Praful Patel.
“He was once a real legend of the sport, whose precious contributions shaped the cornerstone of Indian soccer and served as an inspiration to such a lot of of as of late’s era of avid gamers and enthusiasts. We’ve got misplaced a outstanding icon and can perpetually cherish his hobby and determination against Indian and Asian soccer.”
Franco was once part of the 1960 Rome Olympics squad however didn’t get a sport. On the other hand, he was once an integral a part of the 1962 Asian Video games gold successful group in Jakarta.
He made 26 appearances for India, together with the 1964 Asian Cup, the place India completed runners-up, and silver and bronze medal successful facets of 1964 and 1965 Merdeka Cup.
However his absolute best efficiency was once within the 1962 Asian Video games the place Indian soccer witnessed its best hour, beating South Korea 2-1 within the ultimate in Jakarta in entrance of 100,000 other people.