Lavinio Rebello Death: The All India Football Federation condoled the death of Lavinio Rebello, senior vice president of the Goa Football Association, who passed away in Goa on Sunday.
Rebello was also the Deputy Chairperson of the AIFF Futsal and Beach Soccer Committee, along with his administrative role in the GFA. AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das, in his condolence letter, said, “AIFF fraternity is shocked to hear the sad demise today of Mr. Lavinio Rebello. Mr. Rebello was great lover of football & his dedication for football was unparalleled.
AIFF condoles the demise of Mr. Lavinio Rebello
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) May 9, 2021
“Mr. Rebello, a passionate football administrator and will be remembered for his contribution to Goan Football & as a member of the AIFF Futsal & Beach Soccer Committee,” he added.
He further stated, “On behalf of President AIFF Mr. Praful Patel and all Staff of AIFF, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family for this tragic & irreparable loss and we pray to God to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and give family members enough strength to bear this irreparable loss.”
Former India footballer and Asian Games gold medallist Fortunato Franco passes away
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) condoled the demise of former India national team midfielder Fortunato Franco, who passed away on Monday in Goa.
Franco was an integral part of India’s Asian Games Gold Medal winning team in the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta where India beat South Korea 2-1 in the final. Besides, he was also a member of the Indian team in the 1960 Rome Olympics, and the Indian team which finished second in the 1962 Asian Cup, runners-up in the 1964 Merdeka Cup in Kuala Lumpur, and the national team which finished 3rd in the Merdeka Cup in 1965.
Franco who represented India 26 times made his international debut against Pakistan in the Asian Cup Qualifiers in Ernakulam in December 1959.
AIFF condoles the death of 1962 Asian Games gold medallist Fortunato Franco
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) May 10, 2021
Praful Patel, AIFF President, said in his message, “It is devastating to hear that Fortunato Franco is no more. He was a member of the Indian Football’s golden generation who played a stellar role in helping India win the Gold Medal in 1962 Asian Games. His contribution to Indian Football can never be forgotten. I share the grief.”