New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Thursday condoled the demise of former India footballer A D Nagendra. Nagendra, who was a part of the Indian squad for the Merdeka Cup in 1969, passed away on Wednesday.
“It is really sad to hear that Mr Nagendra is no longer among us. Besides being a sublime footballer, he was also an able administrator. His invaluable contribution to Indian Football will always remain with us. I share the grief,” said AIFF President Praful Patel, in his condolence message.
The footballer was also a member of the then Mysore state Santosh Trophy from 1966 to 1975, and was a part of the triumphant squad in 1967, and 1968. He scored 4 goals in the process.
“Mr Nagendra is alive in his achievements. He was a competent footballer, and an administrator. As a coach he nurtured many talents, and was an inspiration for so many footballers. My condolences to his family. We pray for his soul to rest in peace,” said AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das.
At the administrative level, Nagendra has also served as a Governing Board member of KSFA (Karnataka State Football Association), and was the former Treasurer of KSFA. Apart from his contribution in the administration, he coached several state teams, including the India U-19 team.