AIFF Media Team
NEW DELHI: AFC President Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has condoled the death of former India captain Babu Mani, who passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at the age of 59.
In a letter to AIFF President Mr. Kalyan Chaubey, the AFC President wrote, "On behalf of the Asian football family, please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of the former Indian national team captain Babu Mani."
Known as one of the skillful forwards of his time, Mani made his International debut at the 1984 Nehru Cup in Kolkata, against the famous Argentina side that went on to win the World Cup two years later. He went on to represent India in 55 international matches, and was a part of the first Indian squad that qualified for the AFC Asian Cup 1984; he later went on to play the tournament proper as well, in Singapore.
While the 1984 Asian Cup was the highlight of his international career, Mani is also a two-time SAF Games gold medallist (1985 and 1987).
"Babu Mani was an excellent player and will be remembered for his passion and contributions to football in India," the letter further stated.
"Please convey my sympathies to his family and friends during this difficult time. May he rest in peace!"